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Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

1985 / 104min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: SUSAN SEIDELMAN

CAST: ROSANNA ARQUETTE, MADONNA, AIDAN QUINN, MARK BLUM, ROBERT JOY, LAURIE METCALF, JOHN LURIE, WILL PATTON

SCREENWRITER - LEORA BARISH
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - EDWARD LACHMAN
FILM EDITING - ANDREW MONDSHEIN
MUSIC - THOMAS NEWMAN
PRODUCTION DESIGN - SANTO LOQUASTO
ART DIRECTION - SPEED HOPKINS

According to director Susan Seidelman, when shooting began on Madonna’s debut feature, bystanders of the film’s downtown NYC locations whispered to one another, “That’s Cyndi Lauper, she’s making a screwball comedy.” By shooting’s end, after sophomore album Like a Virgin was released, security was required full-time, and Madonna hysteria had commenced, introducing America to a fashion icon and inspiring teenage mall rats across the country to don lacy cut-off gloves, frosted highlights, and oversized crucifixes.