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Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)

Director:
Alek Keshishian
AKA
In Bed With Madonna
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Documentary/Music
NORWEGIAN TITLE
I seng med Madonna
RUNNING TIME
115 minutes
Producer:
Tim Clawson
Lisa Hollingshead
Jay Roewe


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Themselves Madonna
Pedro Almodóvar
Antonio Banderas
Warren Beatty
Sandra Bernhard
Christopher Ciccone
Martin Ciccone
Carlton Wilborn

 

Review

Before Michael Moore commercialized the American documentary, public relations expert and genius career builder Madonna produced this attempted cred-enhancing, under-my-skin autodocumentary centered around her 1989-1990 world tour (sure, the director is Alek Keshishian, but it's not hard to pick up who's really in charge here).

The film is instantly appealing thanks in large to Keshishian's delightfully skillful direction, combining grainy black and white backstage footage with crisp, posh segments from the star's shows. However, being largely unnarrative, the film is daunting at 115 minutes, moving slowly and overly meticulously in parts and discussing issues that probably won't attract all viewers. One should give Madonna credit for being loose, courageous and welcoming as we're given a fairly open-hearted look into the life of the young singer. Still, one cannot evade detecting a not unsignificant sense of embarrassing propaganda as Madonna without a doubt has a mission here. Like Warren Beatty so eloquently puts it, "She doesn't want to live off-camera. There's nothing to say off-camera".

Copyright © 20.4.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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