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Movie Date: Madonna On The Silver Screen

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Madonna blurs the line between reality and fiction in 'Truth or Dare.' Madonna blurs the line between reality and fiction in 'Truth or Dare.' (Courtesy of Miramax Films)

This week on Soundcheck, we’re talking all about Madonna, who released her debut album 30 years ago this summer. But soon after her music career began, Madonna also embraced another creative calling: film. Since the mid-‘80s, Madonna has appeared in 19 movies, including Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Who’s that Girl, Dangerous Game, and A League of Their Own. Madonna has also directed a number of films as well – her most recent being the 2011 film W.E. 

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, join Soundcheck to discuss the ups and downs of Madonna’s career as an actress.

Kristen Meinzer, on why Madonna’s talent doesn’t necessarily translate to the screen:

I think it’s because she can’t be realistic. She is such a performer and she’s so much a big show. That’s what makes her a great stage act, a great concert to see. When she tried Broadway, people said she was fantastic there. But the subtleties of the camera, dealing with close-ups, interacting with others as opposed just being the center of attention — I think that’s a big challenge for Madonna…. There’s a big difference between showmanship and great acting.


Rafer Guzman, on Madonna’s solid performance in Evita:

I think people actually were quite impressed with Madonna [in Evita]. I remember this was one of the times when people thought, “Oh! Maybe there’s something more to her. Maybe she actually can act….” This is a perfect role for Madonna. All she has to do is basically sing her way though it. It's sort of acting the way an opera singer would act. It’s not quite movie acting.


Guzman, on Madonna’s reality-television-esque documentary, Truth or Dare:

She does give this kind of monologue, and it’s funny because when I first saw the film, it seemed real enough to me. And now when I went back and saw it, I thought, this is exactly the kind of monologue you see everyone in every reality show do. They always cut away from the action, sit that person down and say, “OK, spill your guts — in this particular way….” She’s doing that. For better or worse, this film was light-years ahead of this time.


Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Antonio from Mexico

If I had to pick one Madonna moment, it would be her little cameo on the film Blue on The Face. Directed by Paul Auster and Wayne Wang. She makes a small appearance as a singing telegraph girl and its great! As a sequel to Smoke, it also features Lou Reed and stars Harvey Keitel.

Sep. 19 2013 11:28 AM
Carol from White Plains

Late by a day, but my Madonna story is that I knew her before she was THE Madonna. I spent a month one summer at the American Dance Festival where she was a student, dressed in ripped leotards with safety pins. She was a character there-everyone knew her. She started telling a story near the end of the workshop that she was going to Paris to become a rock star. Oh, sure! What an ego! Imagine my surprise when she came out with that first album!

Sep. 18 2013 09:10 PM

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