Madonna Re-Humps Vanity Fair (Green)

Madonna’s excerpts from her Vanity Fair interview and London’s The Times‘ James Christopher review of her feature film, Filth and Wisdom

On the birth of her daughter Lourdes putting Madonna on the road that ended in Malawi: If you have children, you know you’re responsible for somebody, she explained. You realize you are being imitated; your belief systems and priorities have a direct influence on these children, who are like flowers in a garden. So you start to second-guess everything you value, and the suffering of other children becomes much more intolerable.

James Christopher of London’s The Times positive review of Filth and Wisdom: Her film has an artistic ambition that has simply bypassed her husband, the film director Guy Ritchie. She captures that wonderfully accidental nature of luck when people’s lives intersect for a whole swathe of unlikely but cherishable reasons. Altmanesque would be stretching the compliment too far, but Filth and Wisdom shows Madonna has real potential as a director.


Steven Meisel

A narration excerpt from Madonna’s I Am Because We Are – 90 minutes Malawi documentary: People always ask me why I chose Malawi. And I tell them, I didn’t. It chose me. I got a phone call from a woman named Victoria Keelan. She was born and raised in Malawi. She told me that there were over one million children orphaned by aids. She said there weren’t enough orphanages. And that the children were everywhere. Living on the streets. Sleeping under bridges. Hiding in abandoned buildings. Being abducted, kidnapped, raped. She said it was a state of emergency. She sounded exhausted and on the verge of tears. I asked her how I could help. She said, You’re a person with resources. People pay attention to what you say and do. I felt embarrassed. I told her I didn’t know where Malawi was. She told me to look it up on a map, and then she hung up on me. I decided to investigate, and I ended up finding out much more than I bargained for, about Malawi, about myself, about humanity.

Madonna’s Hard Candy will be available on Tuesday April 29, and you can pre-order it now on ITunes.


Steven Meisel

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