Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.
From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for 'public indecency' in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 'Blond Ambition' concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards. Written by
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In the "Express Yourself" concert sequence, Madonna says "All right, America! Do you believe in love?" This audio is overdubbed onto footage shot in Paris, where she does not wear the ponytail as in the Japan and USA stops. Madonna's live vocals for "Express Yourself" were also replaced with the album version and the song was edited down from the longer performance featured in the actual Blond Ambition tour. See more »
When Madonna is talking to Chris after the show in Detroit, her ponytail is removed first, then it's back on, then we see it getting removed again. See more »
[Madonna shows a television remote control to director Alec Keshishian, who is off-camera]
I'm going to press this thing. I'm going to press power. When I press it, the camera's going to go off instantly.
Go away! Cut it! Cut it, Alec! Cut it, goddamn it!
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All through the end credits Madonna and her dancers' voices are heard getting ready for bed and after the credits are done Madonna is shown saying, "I'm just gonna push this button and the camera's gonna go off now. Ok?" See more »
Madonna is the coach that everyone wishes they could break down and talk to on the same level. Sure, nobody knows who exactly Madonna is. This is what makes her so brilliant. It is obvious she was hamming it up and portraying a "character" which she wanted everyone to see. If Madonna didn't act like a "bitch" she wouldn't be where she is today.
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