Is ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ a Feminist Film?

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Susan Seidelman’s classic mistaken identity comedy, Desperately Seeking Susan, is a charming time capsule of 1980s NYC, and quite arguably the best movie Madonna ever starred in. But is it a feminist film? In this video, we argue that it is.

Desperately Seeking Susan, which also stars Rosanna Arquette, belongs to a small subgenre of films known as the “persona swap,” a term first coined by film critic Miriam Bale. For those who first became acquainted with the film as children, revisiting it now as more thoughtful adults may inspire a completely different perspective.

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