quinta-feira, 25 de agosto de 2016

Truth Or Dare To Appear Surprisingly

Madonna aparece de surpresa na projeção de Truth Or Dare (Na cama com Madonna) em comemoração aos 25 anos de lançamento, no MOMA.

There's Nothing To Say Off-Camera: Madonna Shocks Fans With Surprise Appearance 
At TRUTH OR DARE Screening 
IMG_8942*Host with the most, Joe Berger (All images by Matthew Rettenmund except for Instagram embed)

Joe Berger has been working his heart out to get Madonna's glory years on film properly acknowledged, first with an invite-only MoMA screening of the 1991 gem Madonna: Truth or Dare (at the time the most successful documentary ever), then with a special evening devoted to choreographer-director Vincent Paterson, then with a Madonna film series at Metrograph that embraces the best (Dangerous Game) and worst (Body of Evidence) she had to offer.

So think of it as Kabbalistic karma that tonight, at his Truth or Dare event, Madonna herself shocked the entire room by showing up totally unannounced (her publicists knew, the MoMA curator knew—that was it) to sit in the middle of the audience and watch every frame of the film.

Yes, that means we sat in a room with Madonna while she watched herself being Miley Cyrus I, while she joked about being nailed by her father, while she kibitzed with Sandra Bernhard, while she cavorted with her dancers who she swore she would love forever (some of whom then sued her), while she laughed when told her hair-and-makeup girl might've been raped. The works.

Madonna's like a cat, though—when she falls, she can convince you that was her intention. More often than not, she simply avoids falling, and she never, ever looks backward, so her appearance at the MoMA to take in a film that is, regardless of any personally squirmy moments for her, a brilliant piece of filmmaking and one of the best things with which she's ever been associated, represented a sea change in her behavior, if only because it is something she did, not something she's doing.
And this shift was so welcome!

The screening had been delayed a while when the curator urged patience, noting we'd be happy in the end. This made us jokingly guess that Madonna would surprise us, but definitely nobody thought it was a likely occurrence. When she appeared, a vision in an off-the-shoulder red dress, daughter Lola in tow (Lola spent the movie marveling at the outfits she coveted), Madonna smiled warmly but said nothing, instead content to be just another spectator as one of her greatest spectacles was unfurled on the big screen.
Actually, she first listened to Berger's heartfelt intro to the film, which must've been his dream come true. (Dreams come true, you guys!)

To say the movie has aged well is to say the same for Madonna—it's so obvious it hardly needs to be said. Truth or Dare was ahead of its time in dealing with gay rights, in touching on the spectre of HIV, in presenting a star to the world in whole—no filters needed. The concert footage is arrestingly crisp, the songs timeless and the black-and-white vérité elements look like they could've been filmed yesterday. 
I'm thrilled that Madonna has at long last shown up and embraced a major moment from her past. Perhaps this is a toe in the water of legacy-enshrining without wallowing in nostalgia. Well done, Madonna. Next time, just get up on the stage and say hello before you take off!
After Madonna skedaddled (I'm told she had greeted Paterson with a kiss and a compliment—he last saw her making Evita!), Berger expertly quizzed Truth or Dare director Alek Keshishian, Blond Ambition co-director/choreographer Vincent Paterson and Blond Ambition dancers Salim (Slam to you!) Gauwloos and Jose Gutierez on a variety of topics, teasing out the fact that the legendary unused 250 hours of footage Keshishian shot is now ... gulp ... lost
It was a convivial chat and one that ended with Keshishian praising Berger for his dedication to ensuring that Truth or Dare received its due.
After, I snapped the pics you see in this post, but missed Madonna—she left and her appearance had been so top-secret, it never occurred to me that she would stop outside in the lobby for posed shots (by a pro shooter—maybe called last-sec) before vanishing.

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Don't hold onto the past? She isn't even close to doing that. But she is at least acknowledging it, and along with it, the meaning her work has to her legions of fans.

terça-feira, 23 de agosto de 2016

Iconic Fashion Moments

Site da V Magazine mostra looks marcantes da carreira marcante da rainha do pop, Madonna, que chega aos 58 anos.

There's A Reason They Call Her The Material Girl—in Honor Of Madonna's 58th Birthday, We Delve Into Her Aesthetic Archive
Text: Emma Blanchard
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Whether it was her wedding dress-clad performance of "Like A Virgin," smooching Britney and Christina on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, or dressing like Marilyn at the Oscars, Madonna has gone down in history as one of the most influential and controversial artists of our time.
As much as we love her Music, much of that is thanks to her boundary-pushing aesthetic choices, often cited as one of the first female superstars to bridge the gap between fashion and music (and film! Who could forget her career-defining performance in Who's That Girl?). From her Jean Paul Gaultier corsets to her incorporation of religious symbolism into her tour wardrobes and music videos, she taught a generation to express themselves, as a driving force of fashion in the '80s, '90s, '00s, and even into today.
Scroll below for a few of our favorite looks from her Madgesty's iconic costume canon.
Her signature "Like A Virgin" dress made headlines at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.
Three decades before Beyoncé smashed cars in her canary yellow ruffle dress in Lemonade, Madonna donned a rose red version in her 1986 video for "La Isla Bonita." Swoon.
The infamous cone bra from her 1990 Blond Ambition tour, designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier, who viewed Madonna as a muse of sorts.
While many parallels could be drawn between Madonna and Marie Antoinette (the shoes, the lavish lifestyle, the consistent beheadings at the hands of the public), none are as strong as the look she donned for her “Vogue" performance at the MTV Awards in 1990.
As that you, Marilyn? No, it's Madonna at the 1991 Oscars—but the resemblance is uncanny. Her best accessory, though, was her date: Michael Jackson.
Madonna's 1986 music video for "Open Your Heart" introduced the world to her infamous bustiers, which would later inspire her 1993 Girlie Show tour—and provide sequined blueprint for many a modern pop star to follow.
Equal parts Belle and bride of Frankenstein, Madonna donned a show-stopping Olivier Theyskens gown at the 1998 Academy Awards, and the fashion world swooned.
The cultural appropriation may have been questionable, but Madonna's cherry red Jean-Paul Gaultier kimono in her 1998 "Nothing Really Matters" music video (later worn to the 41st annual Grammy Awards in 1999) was unforgettable.
Just moments before the kiss seen 'round the world, Madonna strutted her stuff in an all black ensemble at the 2003 MTV VMA, blurring gender boundaries and proving that she was on top.
Even the most outré dressers need a minimalist moment every once in a while—and none know this better than Madonna. This feminine, silk getup at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2006 was a breath of fresh air.
Madonna brought the theme to life at the "Model as Muse" MET Gala in 2009 wearing one of the that year's standout spring collections, Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs.
Queen M was, fittingly, the most rebellious dresser at the 2013 punk Met Gala in her plaid studded Givenchy look.
Critics agreed that Madonna was in top form on her 2015 record, Rebel Heart, and her fashion was in top form in her "Living for Love" video. You try pulling off a cape at 50!

Madonna V Magazine

domingo, 21 de agosto de 2016

Nothing Like Havana

No Instagram, Madonna exibe sua alegria e aproveitamento da viagem de comemoração do seu 58º aniversário. Madonna em Cuba. Madonna em Havana.

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quinta-feira, 18 de agosto de 2016

Lost Polaroids

Photographer Richard Corman looks back on meeting and shooting the charismatic East Village club kid as she was poised for stratospheric stardom.

In June 1983, Madonna was an ambitious 24-year-old getting some heat on the club charts. When photographer Richard Corman met the young singer, she served him bubblegum and espresso on a silver tray at her beyond-bohemian walkup on East Fourth Street between A and B. It was, as he puts it, “literally right before she stepped out and ran into the stratosphere.” The month after they took some casual casting Polaroids, she released her debut album, Madonna, which produced three top-ten hits (“Holiday”, “Lucky Star”, “Borderline”). One year later, she was writhing around a wedding cake in her career-making MTV VMA performance of ‘Like A Virgin.’ But when Corman took these gorgeous, stripped-down SX-70 Polaroids, she was still DJ Jellybean Benitez’s girlfriend, the good dancer from Funhouse and Danceteria, and a hustler who paid the rent by waitressing and posing nude for art students. As she wrote of that time, “I felt like a warrior plunging my way through the crowds to survive.”
Richard Corman was well-connected in the early 80s. He had assisted Avedon, and his mother Cis was a casting director who worked on films like Raging Bull and The Deer Hunter. When Corman photographed Madonna, he was also taking pictures of Keith Haring in Soho and Jean-Michel Basquiat at his Great Jones Street studio. But nothing prepared him for the young woman who looked to him like she “was going to rule the world.” After 30 years of languishing in a warehouse, the 66 polaroids will finally get their due this fall as a book and an exhibition. Corman shares the story with i-D.

How did these polaroids come about?
These are images that I shot in 1983. What makes them so charming and special to me is actually the connection to my mother. She had introduced me to Madonna in the spring of ’83, when she was casting a movie called The Last Temptation of Christ, with Martin Scorsese. They auditioned Madonna for the Virgin Mary. As it turned out, Madonna never got the part, but she and I met each other at the time when I was working at Avedon Studios. I was looking constantly for interesting people to photograph. I had never met anyone really like her. She was original.

The Polaroid shoot came a bit later, when my mother was developing a niche musical called Cindy Rella. Madonna was actually at her brother’s apartment, and I needed to send [casting] pictures to Warner Bros ASAP. We didn’t do anything digitally or on an iPhone back then, we had Polaroids. So I shot about 66 Polaroids. We put together a book with a script for a treatment, and the casting. Michael Jackson or Prince would play the prince, Aretha Franklin was going to play the wicked stepmother. As it turned out, the movie never got made and the script and the 66 Polaroids were, I thought, lost for 30 years. Recently when I was going through my warehouse, cleaning it out from the farthest corner, my mouth was wide open to find that these images were just sitting there. In perfect condition.

If we did these pictures today there would be 30 people standing in that apartment. But it was just me and her, it was so simple. She was so accessible, funny, and sexy. She was so cool and had such charisma. So we started with the few pictures where she was cleaning the house as Cinderella, and then she’s getting ready for the ball. She went out and I think she took two hours to find that dress at some vintage store. At the time, she was kind of a local phenom.
I’m not necessarily a Madonna fan, but I’m certainly a fan of her determination, her spirit, and her energy. The pictures today feel a lot more relevant than they did back then. She was always relevant, of course. Just the way she was dressed, her hair, her makeup. Everything about her style and her swag was just 21st century. Between the denim and the red lips, and the cat eyes, the dark roots. Everything about her was now.

So she styled herself and did her own hair and makeup?
Totally. She was always in control. She knew exactly the way she wanted it to look. That evening, she met me and my mother and father up at this place on the Upper West Side where every New York City actor hung out. She walked in and she just stopped traffic. Nobody looked like her! She was a visionary in life, and she was certainly 100% original.

And your mom, Cis Corman, was a casting director?
Yes, she was a casting director and she later became a producer at Barbra Streisand’s company. The thing that makes this really special for me is that she’s suffering terribly with Alzheimer’s now. She’s 90. This is really an homage to her. None of this would have happened without our collaboration.

When did you start taking pictures?
I started taking pictures shortly after I was with Avedon in ’83. I never studied it, I was prepared to go into graduate school for psychology. I took a year off and photography kind of fell into my lap, just because I needed a break. Then I fell in love with it, and took a shot with it and decided that this is where my heart was. The experience at Avedon certainly changed my life.

What was it like working with Avedon?
Life-altering in the best way. You were around someone who was just incredibly passionate, smart, and his entire life revolves around his work. He was brilliant, he was generous, selfish, but I spent a lot of time traveling with him. One of the projects I worked closely with him on was In The American West. So I spent two summers with him traveling out there. It was just kind of mind-altering. We talked about photography and art.

How do you think Avedon’s work has influenced your own?
The most important thing about Dick’s work was the eyes of his subjects, and the ability to see behind their eyes. He allowed them to tell their own stories. For me, the pictures that mean the most are the ones where I see something behind people’s eyes. Where they’re allowed to tell their own story.

So what’s Madonna’s story from these images?
“I will be on top of the world. I will rule the world. Nothing will stop me, and I will go through anybody to get to where I’m going.” That was absolutely the language. It was so real and so natural. Nothing seemed pretentious. When I first met her and went to her apartment, she had to show me up the stairs because it was a building that was full of thugs. They protected her. She said, “Richard, you can’t come into the building until you tell me you’re here so I can tell the guys downstairs.” She was the pied piper of the neighborhood. People would come to her apartment to have pizza, go to the roof to sing and dance. She embraced it, and the city was really rough back then.

Richard Corman‘s ’66 Polaroids’ will be out this fall from NJG, accompanied by an exhibition.

CreditsText Rory Satran - All images courtesy and copyright Richard Corman
Article on I-D Magazine

terça-feira, 16 de agosto de 2016