‘Queen of Pop’ Madonna says she can have it all in Venice
Madonna jokingly defended her title as “Queen of Pop” Thursday, quipping she would never give up her throne for love like King Edward VIII — the subject of her latest film screened in Venice.
Hundreds of crazed fans screamed as the singer posed on the red carpet in a striking pale blue dress with a red butterfly pattern and a long sweeping train — matched with large red-rimmed sunglasses and a dynamite red lipstick.
The glamourous singer kissed and hugged the “W.E” cast members before heading inside to watch the movie premiere at the oldest film festival in the world, along with guests including Italian fashion designer Valentino.
Madonna’s second directorial work, “W.E.”, starring British actors James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough, tells the tale of the king’s famous romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson — and his subsequent abdication.
“Would I ever give up my throne for a man or a woman?” a flirtatious Madonna said after the advance press screening at the 68th Venice Film Festival.
“I think I can have both… or all three!” she told journalists, after speeding across the lagoon from the luxury Bauer hotel on Venice’s Grand Canal where she is staying.
Madonna said she had wanted to capture the “world of luxury, beauty and decadence” of the 1930s, as well as the “rarefied air in the modern world”, which is also one of wealth and sensuality, but “does not guarantee happiness”.
She also said there were “elements of myself” in the film, and said she could sympathise with Wallis as an outsider, an American living in London.
“I empathize with Wallis. Public figures or icons are often just reduced to a soundbite, just a handful of attributes. I think people tried to diminish her… I tried to make her human,” she said.
The controversial passion between the king and extravagant socialite Wallis is told through the eyes of a lonely modern-day New Yorker, desperately seeking the fairytale happy ending that she believes the famous couple had.
The cinematography alternates between sharp images drawn out by Wallis’s striking red lipstick or startling blue eyes, and grainy, hand-held camera shots evoking the bridge linking the two dramas across history.
Costume designer Arianne Phillips worked extensively with labels such as Cartier, Dior, and Dunhill to recreate Wallis’s extraordinary appetite for fashion and exquisite, enormous collection of jewels and shoes.
From the AFP.