Monday, February 15, 2016

Berlin Review: The complicated world of Madonna revisited in festival doc "Strike A Pose"

Backing singers are rarely name-checked, let alone encouraged to let their own personalities shine alongside that of the star they’re supporting. So the fact that an extraordinarily gifted group of male dancers was front and centre of Madonna’s acclaimed and controversial Blond Ambition Tour of 1990, and the accompanying backstage documentary “Truth or Dare”, was incredibly significant. For the seven dancers – six gay, one straight – who were plucked from obscurity by Madonna herself, this was a life-changing experience. But it was also, inevitability, short-lived. Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan’s very touching documentary considers two things: the complicated, even messy ...

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