Madonna’s experimental record “Madame X,” creatively inspired by her life in Portugal, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart but didn’t produce any hits.
Nor did her creation of the eyepatch-wearing secret agent Madame X gain much pop-culture traction outside of her devoted fan base.
But at this stage in her extraordinary career, Madonna is – and should be – doing whatever she damn well wants.
Her film “Madame X,” which debuts Friday on Paramount+, is artistically impressive but often confounding – an apt reflection of the music titan these days.
Directed by Ricardo Gomes and SKNX as the visual companion to her 14th studio album released in 2019, the film – and Madonna herself – are determined to make not just social statements but cinematic ones as well.
Living in Lisbon since 2017 to support son David’s soccer interests, Madonna chose the city as the site of the concert recording in January 2020.
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