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Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

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Commentary 1: Director Susan Seidelman, producers Midge Sanford and Sarah Pillsbury, and studio executive Barbara Boyle Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 17th, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
"Desperately Seeking Susan" is given a very dense group commentary. Anyone who longs for the days when "mid-major" studios like "Orion Pictures" made unconventional fare will enjoy this thorough account. Although the producers tend to overlap in their enthusiastic discussion, loads of interesting bits of trivia pour forth. From the French film that inspired Siedelman and the producers, to the big-name actresses who were considered for the part of "Susan;" virtually every aspect is covered. Take for example the about face the marketing department took once they realized that one of their leads was becoming a world-wide phenomenon. The "Material Girl" became a break out star as the film was nearing the end of production. Much to the chagrin of the producers, who withstood some early sub-par screen tests and now found a bill for extra security during the shoot in NYC. And speaking of NYC, kudos to the producers for tabbing Seidelman, who displayed a penchant for filming the "nooks & crannies" of Manhattan in her first film, "The Smithereens." The film's mild test screenings, followed by critical praise, clearly are remembered vividly by the women on this track. A compelling listen, with some advice given to future filmmakers: "Practice Alot." A mantra that even Mike Figgis took away from this hodgepodge '80s semi-classic. 8/10