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Director
  
Madonna

Initial DVD release
  
September 29, 2009

Duration
  

Country
  
United Kingdom

5.6/10
IMDb

Genre
  
Comedy, Drama, Music

Screenplay
  
Madonna

Writer
  
Madonna, Dan Cadan

Language
  
English Russian

Filth and Wisdom movie poster

Release date
  
13 February 2008 (2008-02-13) (Berlin International Film Festival) 17 October 2008 (2008-10-17) (limited release)

Cast
  
Eugene Hutz
(A.K.),
Holly Weston
(Holly),
Vicky McClure
(Juliette)

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Filth and Wisdom is a 2008 British comedy-drama film directed by Madonna, starring Eugene Hütz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure and Richard E. Grant. It was filmed on location in London, England, from 14 to 29 May 2007. Locations included two actual strip clubs in Hammersmith and Swiss Cottage; both owned by the Secrets Clubs chain. Additional scenes were shot in July 2007.

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The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 13 February 2008 which was attended by Madonna and cast members Hütz, Weston and McClure. It did not receive many positive reviews. On 17 October 2008 the film went into limited release, as well as being simultaneously released "On Demand" on most cable providers. It is the first motion picture production for Madonna's company, Semtex Films.

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Plot

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Described as a comedy/drama/musical/romance, the story revolves around a Ukrainian immigrant named A.K. (Hütz) who finances his dreams of rock glory by moonlighting as a cross-dressing dominatrix and his two female flatmates: Holly (Weston), a ballet dancer who works as a stripper and pole-dancer at a local club and Juliette (McClure), a pharmacy assistant who dreams of going to Africa to help starving children.

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The Gypsy punk band that appears in the film is portrayed by real-life Gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello, who also contributed three songs to the film's soundtrack. The band's lead singer, Eugene Hütz, portrays the main character – a character with a philosophical attitude towards life. Madonna allowed additional dialogue written by Hütz himself to be included in the film.

Reception

The film met with generally negative reviews: the movie website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 28% of critics gave the film positive write-ups based on 53 reviews. The Times Online claimed, "Madonna has done herself proud" and The Telegraph described the film as "not an entirely unpromising first effort" but went on to say "Madonna would do well to hang on to her day job." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote, "Well, it had to happen. Madonna has been a terrible actor in many, many films and now – fiercely aspirational as ever – she has graduated to being a terrible director." Jonathan Romney of Screen International called the film "a good-humoured, averagely average vanity project" and "a cheap and cheerful comedy," adding that "Madonna simply cannot direct actors." The New Yorker's Anthony Lane panned the film, saying that "in technical terms, more professional productions than this are filmed and cut on iMovie, by ten-year-olds, a thousand times a day" and that "if the actors were paid according to their talents, they cannot have cost more than forty bucks."

Cast

  • Ade – DJ
  • Olegar Fedoro – A.K.'s Father
  • Eugene Hütz – A.K.
  • Holly Weston – Holly
  • Vicky McClure – Juliette
  • Richard E. Grant – Professor Flynn
  • Stephen Graham – Harry Beechman
  • Inder Manocha – Sardeep
  • Shobu Kapoor – Sardeep's wife
  • Elliot Levey – Businessman
  • Clare Wilkie – Chloe
  • Hannah Walters – Businessman's wife
  • Production credits

  • Directed by: Madonna
  • Produced by: Nicola Doring
  • Executive Producer: Madonna
  • Screenplay: Madonna & Dan Cadan
  • Director of Photography: Tim Maurice Jones
  • Editor: Russell Icke
  • Production Designer: Gideon Ponte
  • Costume Designer: B
  • Running Time: 81 minutes
  • Format: 35 mm, 1:1.85 aspect ratio
  • Production Company: Semtex Films (in association with HSI London)
  • References

    Filth and Wisdom Wikipedia
    Filth and Wisdom IMDb Filth and Wisdom themoviedb.org


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