Lady Gaga's new music video, "G.U.Y. -- An Artpop Film," debuted on NBC's "Dateline" Saturday, offering cameos from stars of the NBC sister company Bravo.
Clocking in at 11 minutes, 46 seconds -- just over 7 1/2 of which is the music video itself, with credits accounting for more than four minutes -- the elaborate film features a shot of "Watch What Happens: Live" talk-show host and Bravo executive Andy Cohen as the head of Greek god Zeus in the sky, and a purported band made up of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" stars Carlton Gebbia, Yolanda Foster (credited as Yolanda Hadid,) Kim and Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, whose Pomeranian, Gigolo "Giggy" Vanderpump, also appears.
Credited to Gaga as director and produced by Nicole Ehrlich and Andrew Listermann -- the phantasmagoria opens as the song "Artpop," from her November album of the same name, plays as brawling businessmen in a field leave behind a wounded woman (Gaga) with birdlike wings. Pierced by an arrow, she stumbles and crawls to a mansion -- the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., the model for Xanadu in "Citizen Kane" -- where she's carried to a pool as the song "Venus," from "Artpop," plays.
She is then revived as a white-plumed showgirl just as the song "G.U.Y.," the third single from her latest album (following "Applause" and "Do What U Want") begins to play, subsequently going into numerous locales and through several outfits. Actors portray apparent clones of Gandhi, Michael Jackson, Jesus and John Lennon. Eventually Gaga and company exact vengeance on the businessmen. Another song from the album, "Manicure," plays over the end credits.
Filming of the video -- Gaga's lengthiest, running over two minutes longer than the 9 1/2-minute "Telephone" (2010) -- took place last month.
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