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Wednesday, October 04, 2017
By Verus Ferreira

Rs. 599/-
Madonna, Donna Delory, Niki Harris
Directed By: Alex Keshishian, Mark Aldo Miceli

The material girl is still making music even at the age of 59. From her pulsating music, stage antics to her many boyfriends and marriages, Madonna is one superstar who just cannot be ignored.

‘Madonna: In Bed with Madonna’ is a documentary cum concert picturisation of the star spiced up with gossip, a few fleeting appearances by other celebrities and much more. The videos from the 1980s show the diva in a much younger avatar with many teenage and younger girls adopting the Madonna look of messy, badly-dyed hair, neon bracelets, black lace bras, and white lace gloves is all there. Songs to watch out for are Papa Don't Preach, Vogue, Promise to try, Like a Prayer and lots more taken from her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour which is the basis of this documentary.

The film also records Madonna's concert choreography and backstage shots. While at times the scenes seem remarkably candid and honest, such as when she visits her mother's grave, we also see her convening pre-show prayer meetings with her dancers, at one time getting emotional and teary eyed, but the other side also sees her cavorting on beds with her dance troupe, horsing around with her celebrity mates. One shot even shows her waist up in the full Monty.

However, the film appears to have no overall direction to it as its loosely put together making it appear as though someone has collected a couple of film snippets and strung it together. While there are a few lengthy concert scenes, the focus is entirely on the personal (concert tour) life, and not the music of the self-styled feminist, artist.

The quality of this video is average, with colour and almost 75 per cent of the film in Black and White. The images and dialogues are not sharp, with even the concerts not well reproduced, being a bit grainy at times. This is due to the analogue system used in the early 90s, compared to today’s digital production.

    — Verus Ferreira

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