'This movie has been worth five years of psychoanalysis,' Madonna has said. Indeed, Keshishian's record of the 'Blonde Ambition' tour is memorable not so much for the live footage (electrifying, but brief), nor for the few risqué moments contrived to provide hype, but for its study of the loneliness of stardom and the ties of family. Madonna's shrink would be interested to meet her father: their love-hate relationship, combined with a Catholic upbringing, might explain the mild SM fetish that surfaces in 'Hanky Panky' and 'Justify My Love'. There's also the classic guilt complex over her mother's death. Madonna comes across as warm, generous, impulsive, casting herself as mother to her dancers. She also comes across as spoilt, bitchy, witty, incapable of sitting still. Her shrink may agree that this is the most intriguing rockumentary since Don't Look Back, but he won't advise her to cancel her appointments yet.
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