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Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:43 pm
|Madonna has directed a movie called Filth and Wisdom.
Madonna's effort has been branded "terrible" by British film critics, who urged the singer not to give up her day job.
Madonna unveiled her film, Filth and Wisdom, at the Berlin Film Festival but failed to impress her audience.
The Guardian's film critic Peter Bradshaw said after proving herself to be a "terrible" actress in the past, Madonna had "graduated to being a terrible director".
"She has made a movie so incredibly bad that Berlin festivalgoers were staggering around yesterday in a state of clinical shock, deathly pale and mewing like maltreated kittens," he wrote.
"Madonna has made a dumb and tacky comedy-drama about three people sharing a flat in a quaintly conceived 'London' and her conception of super-cool streetwise reality is so clueless it's as if Marie Antoinette had made a film about cake-munching peasants.
"How is it possible that the exhilarating talented star ... has dwindled to such a dullard?"
As well as directing Filth and Wisdom, Madonna produced and co-wrote the film whose main character, AK (Eugene Hutz) is a Ukrainian singer with a gipsy punk band who also provides bondage and domination services to masochistic businessmen.
The Daily Telegraph's Sheila Johnston had a bleak warning for Madonna: "Don't give up the day job".
"Madonna describes Filth and Wisdom as 'essentially my way of putting myself through film school", and it is an extremely canny assessment," Johnston wrote.
"The movie is - disappointingly, perhaps - not an outright embarrassment; there are even a couple of intentional laughs in it.
"It's not an entirely unpromising first effort. But the director would do well to hang on to her day job."
The Times' James Christopher agreed that Madonna should probably stick to pop music, but was slightly less harsh in his assessment of her latest film effort.
"Despite its many shortcomings and an ending so mushy and neat it would embarrass Richard Curtis, Madonna has done herself proud," he said.
"Her film has an artistic ambition that has simply bypassed her husband, the film director Guy Ritchie.
"She captures that wonderfully accidental nature of luck when people's lives intersect for a whole swath of unlikely but cherishable reasons.
"Altmanesque would be stretching the compliment too far, but Filth and Wisdom shows that Madonna has real potential as a film director."
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