mayjailer (mayjailer) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
mayjailer
mayjailer
ohnotheydidnt

The Oral History of Madonna's 'Truth or Dare' (1991)


For the latest edition of its Oral Histories series, Vulture dove into the production, release and legacy of Madonna: Truth or Dare, the landmark 1991 documentary. Among the participants in the story are director Alek Keshishian, Madonna's former publicist Liz Rosenberg (1983-2015) and several of the dancers that appeared in the film. (Madonna declined to be interviewed.)

On the film's genesis: "While I was interviewing [Madonna's dancers], that's when the cog started working in my brain. I was like, Wait a second. These are all amazing kids. They're other. In some ways, they're broken, they're misfits in the world, and Madonna is playing their mother. [...] I came back and was like, 'Madonna, the movie isn't what's happening onstage. The movie is what's happening offstage with you as the maternal figure to this group of Felliniesque characters.'" –Alek Keshishian, Director

On Madonna vs. Harvey Weinstein: "We were at a test screening of the film. Harvey began to talk to her about his ideas for the film, and she just lays into him: 'Listen, I put up the money for this movie. I don't care what your point of view is. I never want to hear it. Who the hell are you to tell me what kind of film I should be doing? This is mine and Alek's. Shut up and I don't ever want to hear another one of your ideas about it.' He just crumpled." –Barry Alexander Brown, Editor

"Even in public, Madonna was like, 'Get away from me, you smell like a fucking ashtray.'" –Keshishian

On Madonna's duality: "I was really pleased that it showed the quiet moments of hers. A lot of the press almost looked at those quiet moments like they were fake. But I saw a lot more of that than I saw of the big on-camera Madonna. The quieter, more pensive Madonna who had things at risk and was committed to social issues and our relationships—that's the Madonna I admired, respected, and fell in love with the most." –Kevin Stea, Dancer

On the film's legacy: "Madonna was encouraging people to express themselves, and now a lot of that messaging, while it's good, is not revolutionary anymore. Everyone's making their quote-unquote Truth or Dare, but none of it has that impact." –Keshishian



Source

Tags: 1990s, film - documentary, film director, madonna
Subscribe

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 40 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →