AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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1/30/12

Madonna Explores Female Reinvention In W.E.

                    Madonna At UK Premiere

By Annette Insdorf
The Huffington Post

'...Some of the criticism to which Madonna has been subjected is reminiscent of the barbs that were aimed at another singer-turned-actress-turned filmmaker, namely Barbra Streisand. While one can argue about degrees of talent, there is no question that determination and chutzpa characterize both pop icons.

A telling anecdote was related by Milos Forman when he was an onstage guest in my "Reel Pieces" series at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. The filmmaker recalled that when he was casting Hair in the late 1970s, a very long line formed in Central Park for the open call for performers. The first person to audition -- the one who had stood on line longest -- was a young woman named Madonna...'

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Annette Insdorf is Director of Film Studies at Columbia University. She hosts Reel Pieces at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, and writes for Arts Express Syndicate. She is also an author of books on film subjects, including Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema Of Krzysztof Kieslowski, and the upcoming Philip Kaufman. Professor Insdorf is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle.

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