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Desperately Seeking Susan


Dir. Susan Seidelman. 1985, 104 mins. 35mm. With Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn. A desperate New Jersey housewife (Rosanna Arquette) is rescued from terminal boredom when a bump on the head and a case of amnesia cause her to be mistaken for a Lower East Side dwelling free spirit (played by Madonna). Riffing gleefully on Jacques Rivette’s Celine and Julie Go Boating, this screwball romp through the hipster bohemia of 1980s downtown Manhattan boasts appearances by indie icons like John Turturro, Richard Edson, John Lurie, Richard Hell, Rockets Redglare, and more. The soundtrack rocks Madonna’s club anthem “Into the Groove” alongside Iggy Pop, Run-D.M.C., and classic Motown.

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