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Monday, April 9, 2012

THE PREMIERE OF DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN







PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS FOR DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN









DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN


       Released right along the time Madonna went supernova, "Desperately Seeking Susan" is an immensely enjoyable  madcap mystery of mistaken identity set in the fabulous underground scene of New York City in the early 80's.  Starring Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, and Laurie Metcalfe, "DSS" is  marvelously witty,original, and cool.  Madonna's look in this movie was all the rage that spring and summer of 1985, and barely beat out such actresses as Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh for the title role of Susan.  The filmmakers also originally wanted Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn to play the roles of Roberta (Rosanna) and Susan.  However, they decided on Rosanna and Madonna, and it payed off.




     The movie would become a hit, earning a cool $27, 398, 584 dollars at the box office and ending up on The New York Times' Vincent Canby's list of the ten best films of 1985.  Forget what they say about Madonna's acting.  She's delightful in this movie and plays off Rosanna Arquette well.  They have great chemistry and the entire film crackles with a dry, sarcastic humor that's right up my alley.  Especially Laurie Metcalfe, who steals every scene she's in.  She's absolutely hilarious.




      The film would also spawn Madonna's immortal 80's anthem, "Into the Groove".  Most don't know that the song was never actually released as a single.  It was only the b-side of "Angel", making it ineligible to enter Billboard's Top 100 chart.  Still, it's an undying pop classic.  So if you're in the mood for some New York underground, 80's style, "Desperately Seeking Susan" does just fine.  It's really a good movie.










Sunday, April 8, 2012

MADONNA AT THE 1985 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

     Madonna was one of the "star" presenters at the 1985 annual American Music Awards.  She's seen here with  "Jellybean" Benitez.




















Monday, April 2, 2012

CRAZY FOR YOU/GAMBLER

   
     Madonna scored one of the biggest smashes of 1985 and her second #1 smash with, "Crazy For You".  Her first true ballad, the song easily shot to the #1 spot, knocking the mega-hit "We Are The World" out of the coveted top position.  It's become one of Madonna's most beloved songs, and a song she has only sang twice in concert.  The song was featured on the film "Vision Quest", and Madonna herself was seen in the film singing this and "Gambler"- which is most awesome in its own right.