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In Bed with Madonna

Madonna: Truth or Dare

Directed by Alek Keshishian
United States, 1991


Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990.

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In Bed with Madonna Directed by Alek Keshishian
In essence, Truth or Dare is less of a concert film than an elaborately constructed exegesis on pop mythmaking and the construction of identity. One part of Madonna’s genius has consistently been the creation (and reinvention) of her persona. Rather than purporting to give an unvarnished look at the woman beneath the bustier, the Alek Keshishian film calls into question the very idea of a consistent identity.
August 24, 2016
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For this Gen X critic, the experience of revisiting Truth or Dare for the first time since its initial release prompted a flood of memories about Madonna’s enormous influence on American culture, and, by extension, on my life: Nearly every conversation (public or private), academic essay, and broadsheet op-ed about race, gender, and/or sexuality from roughly the mid-Eighties through the mid-Nineties inevitably involved the Material Girl.
August 23, 2016
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To say that I wasn’t a big Madonna fan in 1991 would be an understatement—at the time, she seemed to me the epitome of soulless, machine-tooled superstardom… Now, I look at this beautifully photographed doc (more nostalgia) and see a fascinating young woman who’s working her ass off while struggling to find the most potentially rewarding balance between candor and control.
April 04, 2012
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