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Madonna's W.E. Reviews: Movie Lambasted at Venice Film Festival

1 September 2011 12:11 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James D'Arcy as King Edward VIII, Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson in Madonna's W.E. Singers have been dabbling in movies with varying degrees of success for as long as feature films have been around. Opera star Geraldine Farrar became a movie star for Cecil B. DeMille in early silent-era productions such as Carmen (1915) and Joan the Woman (1916). Later on, there were Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Yves Montand, Elvis Presley, Charles Aznavour, Barbra Streisand, and the list goes on and on until we get to Madonna, whose sophomore directorial effort, W.E., has just premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival to generally negative reviews. W.E. tells two separate stories: That of Wally (Abbie Cornish), a married New Yorker who becomes enamored of a security guard (Oscar Isaac) at Sotheby's, and bits from the life of American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and her relationship »

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