Lady Gaga has based her new video for Chromatica single “911” largely on Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov’s classic 1969 art film The Color of the Pomegranates.
When Gaga is first introduced she’s surrounded by actual pomegranates. The poster of the film briefly appears in the video.
The music video was directed by filmmaker Tarsem Singh, who has frequently cited Parajanov as a major influence
The video begins with Gaga in a desert sprawled out next to a broken bicycle and pomegranates spilled on the ground. As the song “911” starts, she enters a mission filled with oddly dressed people, including a nurse, a man banging his head onto a pillow, and a woman cradling a mummy.
Later in the video, an ambulance spinal board is brought in behind Gaga and she begins crying. After the song ends, she wakes up in the real world to paramedics treating her. She has been hurt in a car accident, and all the images from earlier in the song show up as billboards on the street where the accident occurred and other people involved in the accident. The desert as it turns out was White Sands National Park in New Mexico.