‘Madame X’ – Madonna returns in concert film



Singer performs in Portugal

Madonna stars in “Madame X,” which begins streaming Friday on Paramount+.

Anyone who caught her appearance last month at the MTV Video Music Awards knows that Madonna has no intention of going away quietly. And she’ll reaffirm that stance in a documentary upcoming on Paramount+.

“Madame X,” premiering Friday, Oct. 8, captures the pop icon in a concert performance in Lisbon, Portugal, and follows her during her sold out tour in support of her latest release “Madame X,” with a stage show that features 48 performers, including the singer’s children, musicians and dancers from around the world as well as the all-female Orquestra Batukadeiras. In fantasy sequences, she also brings viewers along as her secret agent alter ego Madame X travels the world, fights for freedom and brings light to dark places.

It’s the artist’s fourth feature-length concert film and first since 2016’s “Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour,” and yet another in a veritable cornucopia of music docs to come along on streaming services in recent months, such as the following.

“Justin Bieber: Our World” (Premieres Friday, Amazon): Michael D. Ratner (“One in a Billion”) directed this documentary that follows the Grammy-winning artist backstage, onstage and into his personal life as he prepares for his unprecedented concert, “T-Mobile Presents New Year’s Eve Live with Justin Bieber,” his first concert in three years, performed for invited guests on the roof of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Southern California.

“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” (Available now, Apple TV+): From Emmy-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler (“Belushi”) comes this film that tells the coming-of-age story of the singer/songwriter behind such hits as “Ocean Eyes,” “Bad Guy” and “No Time to Die,” following the then-17-year-old winner of seven Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards as she navigates life on tour and at home with her parents and brother as she writes and records her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Madonna stars in “Madame X,” which begins streaming Friday on Paramount+.

“Tina” (Available now, HBO Max): Tina Turner is the subject of Oscar-winning filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s (“Undefeated,” “LA 92”) documentary that uses rare footage, audio tapes, personal photos and intimate interviews with the singer to paint a picture of a woman whose personal strength and faith saw her through hard times that included a loveless relationship with her mother, an abusive marriage and sexism and racism in the music industry, to become a global icon with platinum records, multiple Grammy Awards and a slew of other accolades to her name.

“McCartney 3,2,1” (Available now, Hulu): In this six-episode series, Paul McCartney looks back on his career with super producer Rick Rubin. The duo also discuss the influences and relationships that inspired their songwriting as McCartney gives intimate details on his lifeʼs work, including his time with the Beatles, as well as his more than five decade run as a solo artist.


George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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