Photos by G.
The Queen of everything cool and I attended the 25th anniversary one-night-only screening of “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and it was a blast! Blog confession: somehow, someway even though I was a huge Madonna fan and I grew up in the 80s, I realized tonight that I’d only seen clips of this movie in the video to “Into The Groove.” I would have remembered the scenes with Laurie Metcalf going out with Steven Wright, Madonna’s priceless facial expressions, a less than finished mix of “Into the Groove” that plays in a club scene and over the end credits, Aidan Quinn’s hot bod, and the scene where Madonna smokes a joint! The movie definitely has some bad hair and fashion decisions by today’s standards, but it really holds up well and it serves as a nice time capsule of a New York that doesn’t exist anymore now that it has been gentrified. Most of the cast and crew assembled at the Walter Reade Theater for a special screening that included a Q&A session afterward. Sadly, Madonna did not turn up, but as you can see after the jump, Rosanna Arquette (Roberta), Aidan Quinn (Dez), Mark Blum (Gary Glass) and Director Susan Seidelman were in attendance.
Some interesting tidbits: The original ending (which is featured on the DVD) tested horribly to audiences (of Susan and Roberta riding camels in Egypt) so it was changed. The case that Madonna lugs around and puts in the locker was designed by Keith Haring. The studio rushed the picture 6 months sooner than its initial release date because they thought Madonna was a flash in the pan and wanted to make money off her while she was “still” hot. The stars and film makers were as excited about the film tonight as they were 25 years ago and it was really cool to be a part of this special night.