A month-long Madonna film festival is coming to Manhattan

Celebrate four decades of Madonna classics on screen.

Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner
Photograph: GILL ALLEN/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Desperately seeking air-conditioning? A new month-long thematic film festival will offer a glamorous option for a summer activity in the cool air.

The Roxy Cinema is hosting a Madonna Film Series, kicking off July 27 and running through August. And the start date is no coincidence: July 27, 1983 was the date Madonna dropped her eponymous album and started her 40-plus year reign as the Queen of Pop.

This year, on Thursday, July 27 celebrate with a special screening of Desperately Seeking Susanthe 1985 dramedy about a bored New Jersey suburban housewife’s fascination with a free-spirited woman (Madonna) whom she reads about in the newspaper's personal columns. (She's soon being mistaken for the woman herself.) Set in New York City, it's a classic. Director Susan Seidelman will appear after the film for a Q&A. 

The film series will continue with films showcasing Madonna's starring roles as well as some lesser known works in her oeuvre. The Roxy screenings will include Shadows And Fog, a Woody Allen serial murderer classic shown in 35MM; Girl 6, Spike Lee's film about a young black woman trying to make it as an actor; Dick TracyBloodhounds Of BroadwayDangerous Game; and Body Of Evidence, a sexual thriller released in conjunction with Madonna’s SEX book and "Erotica" music video, notorious for only being played after 10 pm on MTV. 

Madonna's seminal movie musical moment, Evita, will also be screened in August, as well Truth Or Dare, the documentary following Madonna and her dancers across the world performing the Blond Ambition Tour.  

The Roxy Cinema offers $250 annual memberships, which include unlimited access to all showtimes, plus popcorn at every show. General admission tickets are $17. Wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks are all on the menu, as is plenty of classic theatre candy, at bodega prices.  

With Madonna's Celebration Tour postponed until future notice (the Madison Square Garden shows in late August have yet to be rescheduled), this may be your best shot to celebrate Madonna this summer. 

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