Lady Gaga released the clip for her single 911, revealing the very personal inspiration behind the surreal clip with a dark twist.
Directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar – an MTV VMA winning video of the year for REM’s Losing My Religion – the visual feast includes white sand dunes, lip sync, slow-motion voguing, and multiple costume changes.
But it takes a dark turn when Gaga wakes up at the scene of a near-death car crash and is shocked to come back to life, telling the paramedic “I didn’t have my pills.”
The video is based on Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 Soviet art film The Color of Pomegranates, and the 34-year-old shed more light on his importance via social media.
âThis short film is very personal to me, my experience of mental health and how reality and dreams can interconnect to form heroes in us and all around us,â Gaga wrote on Instagram.
âIt had been years since I felt so alive in my creativity to do together what we did with ‘911’. Thank you @Bloodpop for taking a leap of faith with me to produce a record that only hides in the truth.
âFinally, thank you little monsters. I’m awake now, I can see you, I can smell you, thank you for believing in me when I was so scared. Something that was once my real everyday life is now a movie, a true story that is now the past and not the present. “
âIt is the poetry of pain.
In an interview with Apple Music in May, the pop singer spoke about the significance of the song, which appears on the Chromatica album.
âThis is an antipsychotic drug that I take. And that’s because I can’t always control the things my brain does. I know that. And I have to take medication to stop the process that’s happening, âshe said.