Metrograph, a new independent cinema in New York City, is hosting a week-long retrospective of Madonna films, starting next week.
Beginning with a screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare, the documentary on her Blond Ambition tour, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Announcing the screening, the theatre said it is “a crucial film for generations of the LGBTQ community, exhibiting a degree of honesty and non-judgment toward sexuality rarely seen in mass-market entertainment of the time.” The first showing of the movie will be followed by a Q&A with Alek Keshishian, the film’s director, moderated by Chelsea Handler.
Another screening on 31 August will feature two Blond Ambition dancers – Jose ‘Xtravaganza’ Gutierez and Salim ‘Slam’ Gauwloos – and is being hosted by the Dance Film Association.
The week-long celebration will show other other Madonna movies, including Desperately Seeking Susan, her first starring role in 1985 that featured her hit Into the Groove. Also being screened is Who’s That Girl from 1987, 1992’s baseball movie A League of Their Own with Tom Hanks, Dick Tracy which she starred with her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, and Dangerous Game, a 1992 indie hit she starred in with Harvey Keitel. Each film will be accompanied by a selection of Madonna’s music videos.
However, notable by its absence from the movies being shown is Evita, which she won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Eva Peron. Two movies she made with her now ex-husbands (Shanghai Surprise with Sean Penn and Swept Away with Guy Richie) also didn’t make the list.
The Metrograph opened earlier this year in the Lower East Side. It has two screens, as well as a restaurant and a bookstore. The programming focuses on archival print screenings, exclusive premieres, and events for cinephiles.