Lana embodies this split personality girl/woman. One song she is the dominant self assured woman, the next she is a little dependent girl with a whole hell of a lot of daddy issues.
I remember watch Jessica Chastain in her movie Jolene, and thinking how wonderfully she played the part of Jolene, a lost girl who only wanted a piece out of the world all her own, willing to do anything to get there, and to survive.
Who Lana is in this video reminds me of Jolene, except more dramatized.
I heard once she was a product of a creative team, I think they are doing a pretty good job of making her a girl you think you should hate, but but love. A girl who channels the past, and the present on the classy to trashy spectrum all at once.
It makes me think that if I could rewrite my colloquium which would later be my dissertation it would be on Lana Del Rey and the rhetoric and persona she has built, broken down, and rebuilt. A lot of my reading Simone de Beauvoir is making me dissect Lana as a persona, and where I could support my theories with text.
“I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide and as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way, I’d be lying — because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one — who belonged to everyone, who had nothing — who wanted everything, with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about — and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.”