from a screenplay by Leora Barish
Desperately Seeking Susan
Arrow, London, 1985
The blurb on the back:
It's a life so outrageous it takes two women to live it!
You'll know the film, of course. Desperately Seeking Susan was one of the better Hollywood efforts of the mid-1980s, with fine direction by Susan Seidelman (check out her earlier masterpiece Smithereens sometime) and a couple of strong lead performances. The fact that one of these is delivered by Madonna grabbed all the attention - particularly in retrospect, when it turned out to be a bit of a fluke - but actually she's the junior partner here: Rosanna Arquette is a better actress and way, way sexier than Madonna ever managed.
So, anyway, it's a neat little tale about confused identities and ... er, that's it. And it works because of the style and the energy and the fun that everyone seems to be having. Which must surely mean that the book's an entirely pointless exercise in marketing, right? Right.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5