Desperately Seeking Susan (with Sarah Hayton)

Episode 31,  Aug 19, 2021, 04:30 PM

We're doing a Madonna movie! No, come back! This week, Graham and Sarah go back to the Material Girl's breakthrough moment, when her Nile Rogers-produced sophomore album Like a Virgin proved she wasn't a fluke, and Desperately Seeking Susan became one of the top five highest-grossing films of 1985. But don't think this is a safe choice for a young pop star: it's a screwball comedy, a tough genre to get right, by Susan Seidelman, a director with only one, punk-inflected, previous film. And wait until you find out what film inspired Seidelman...

It was, in short, a huge gamble that paid off. On this week's show, Graham and Sarah discuss the home-made appeal of Madonna's early image, and why the desperately sought Susan was a better fit for Madonna than most of her later roles. We also discuss her directorial effort W.E., an early indicator that Oscar Isaac's talent and charisma would strongly outpace his ability to choose a good script.

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