Take a dive into the new Lady Gaga short film

We are turning up emotional faders in Lady Gaga’s newest short film for 911, the third music video part of the Chromatica era


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Lady Gaga performing Bloody Mary from the Joanne World Tour in Montréal.

Gabriel Cortez, Staff Writer

Lady Gaga is back and releasing breathtaking music videos. Her most recent short film for her hit song “911” was released on September 18.

The short film was directed by Tarsem Singh, who is known for his colorful environments and the influence of his Indian culture shining through in all his works. One of his most famous projects was the music video for “Losing my Religion” by R.E.M.

The opening scene to the new film has Gaga sprawled out in the beautiful white sand desert of New Mexico along with a broken bicycle, pomegranates, and a dark figure riding a horse looming around her. 

Chromatica II transitions to the main song, “911,” as Gaga walks into a mission where she is immediately met with a man slamming his head against the ground. With every slam, it gives the viewer a glimpse into future scenes. 

All the characters introduced are featured in grandiose Armenian inspired costumes and outfits, where you can immediately spot the two main characters alongside Gaga. One is a man dressed in all black, and the other, a woman dressed in a white, beaded, religious habit inspired piece. 

These two characters follow Gaga through her journey into the mission as she begins drifting away as if she was floating to the ether. The two characters are the only people around her that are making an attempt to bring her back to the ground, which symbolizes Gaga’s battle for her life and how she would have left this planet if it wasn’t for others saving her.

The male figure pulls Gaga back to the ground as we catch a glimpse of a recurring red anklet, which later represents a tourniquet. Before the next scene, we are faced with a crude mural of what appears to be an accident in the form of a painting.

Gaga then appears to be sacrificed in this fantasy-like world in which she is being revived after going through, what appears to be, a car accident. The other two main characters that have been with her the whole time, are actually a medic and a doctor who saved her life after the accident.

Cameras pan out to a man pinned against his steering wheel, the same man that was continuously slamming his head against the floor during the opening scene. There is also a poster for the film, The Colour of Pomegranates, an Armenian film by Sergi Parajanov, which is heavily referenced throughout the whole video.

From this turn of events, the viewer learns that everything that was originally shown was Gaga’s false reality she created in her mind during her near-death experience. 

“Something that was once my real-life every day is now a film, a true story that is now the past and not the present,” Gaga said on her Instagram post following the release of the short film. 

Of the three music videos released for the Chromatica, ”911” has been the most artistically fulfilling short film since her hit album “Born This Way”and it’s amazing to see a new director’s working with Gaga and get a new perspective on Gaga’s artistic views.

The entirety of the Chromatica era has been a true delve into Gaga’s mind, as this video only enhanced the experience of her battle with mental illness that she has shared with her audience.