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Catch a glimpse of 'Filth and Wisdom' (Madonna's directorial debut)

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You may have read about Madonna screening her new feature, Filth and Wisdom, at the Berlin Film Festival this week, and now, Indiewire is screening a three-minute clip from the film (that you might not want to watch at the office, if your co-workers object to salty language and/or images of scantily-clad strippers rehearsing).

I’m not sure if there’s enough here to judge if Filth and Wisdom is good, bad, or somewhere in the middle, though I have to say, it’s nice to see a scene of a young woman who’s not proficient at working the pole. Cinematic depictions of exotic dancers always make it seem like any amateur can just grab hold and spin to her/his heart’s content (sometimes upside-down!); seeing a character lose a shoe and come to an awkward thud, well, it’s kinda invigorating, as is the moment where the young woman cleans her work station with some Windex.

The dialogue, on the other hand, is not quite as fresh. Somebody tell me the underlying message here isn’t “be the best stripper you can be,” ’cause I can’t make heads or tails of the Madonna interview that accompanies the clip. “Non-judgment and duality”? Blah, blah, blah. I’m gonna go watch the video for “Burning Up” now.

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