Now the film plays like a cinematic time capsule, filled with endearingly grimy places, authentic and imagined, and distinctive personalities that have vanished from the city.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting a screening of the film at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday evening that will be attended by its director, Susan Seidelman; its screenwriter, Leora Barish; and the producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford.
ArtsBeat spoke recently to Ms. Seidelman (who went on to direct 'She-Devil,' 'Gaudi Afternoon' and episodes of 'Sex and the City,' among other projects) about the making of 'Desperately Seeking Susan,' her memories of New York in the ’80s and, of course, Madonna. These are excerpts from that conversation.
Q.Twenty-five years after the fact, what are you most looking forward to about this particular showing of 'Desperately Seeking Susan'?
A.I haven’t seen a lot of the actors and crew members in a while, but I haven’t seen it on a big screen in many, many years, so I’m just as curious to see how New York has aged. It was a very different place back then, especially downtown. Young people didn’t have to move out to Brooklyn and Queens to find affordable housing.
To read the rest of the interview with Susan visit artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com