This is July’s edition of Comet Over Hollywood’s classic film references in music videos.
As we just pass the Fourth of July, it only seems appropriate to have a song with patriotic lyrics like “Red, white, blues in the sky, summer’s in the air and baby heaven’s in your eyes.” However, Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” video isn’t a summer, patriotic explosion.
The video starts off with Del Rey as Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. Some may find it odd that Del Rey wore her hair naturally-not Monroe bleached blond-but even more interesting that JFK is played by rapper A$AP.
The rest of the video is Lana Del Rey (playing a dual role) as Jackie O. with the president and their children.
The director, Anthony Mandler, of the video said:
“And I think the Kennedy relationship, certainly the triangle of Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O and Jack Kennedy, became this kind of ideal of what seemed perfect from the outside was maybe rotting from the inside,” he continued. “And Lana was really interested in exploring this loss of innocence, this idea that what you think you’re experiencing is maybe not what it’s always going to be. “
For comparison, here is Marilyn Monroe singing happy birthday to JFK inMay 1962:
Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” as both Marilyn and Jackie:
It’s not surprise that Del Rey donned a Jackie O. look. Her fashion and music style is 1960s inspired and she calls herself a version of Nancy Sinatra.
I think it’s interesting that a few songs recently use Monroe’s and Kennedy’s relationship as inspiration, including Lady Gaga’s “Government Hooker.”
Check back in August for another classic film reference in music videos!
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