Friday, August 11

Special Engagements ArchiveA Year of Women in Cinema: '80s Comedy

Desperately Seeking Susan

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(1985) dir Susan Seidelman w/Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum, Robert Joy, Laurie Metcalf [104 min; 35mm]
In this classic 80s screwball comedy Roberta (Arquette) a deeply bored New Jersey housewife follows the exploits of Jim and Susan (Madonna) via a decidedly pre-internet means of communication – tabloid classified ads. After reading an ad begging Susan for a meeting at Battery Park, Roberta heads to New York to see the mystery woman in the flesh. When Roberta snags Susan’s signature jacket, she learns that Jim isn’t the only one desperately seeking Susan – the mob is hot on her tail.

Brattle Film Notes: ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’: Style, Sensibility, and the ‘80s
Brattle Film Notes: Special Pages | Women Directors behind ’80s Comedy


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