68. Celebration (2009)
Hey, it’s a celebration. And just to do that traditional non-literal Madonna video thing, this one is rather minimal.
Madonna - clad in a black studded dress (or are they silver polka dots?) and some fierce knee-high boots - sports a pair of aviator sunglasses that manage to give her a slightly masculine feel, despite the dress’ elegant bow.
She dances, as do two male dancers, who get a black background to contrast with her white. Madonna does some of her trademark sensual writhing, though this time it’s all in an upright position, but with a wall to writhe against. There’s also a bit of crotch-grabbing thrown in for good measure - possibly a tribute to the recently deceased Michael Jackson.
Madonna’s hot boyfriend Jesus plays a DJ. “I guess I didn’t recognise you with your clothes on,” she laughs, unshirting him to jog her memory.
Near the end, we’re introduced to a larger group of dancers, celebrating with some dope dance moves. One of these is Madonna’s daughter Lourdes, who does a mean-as backwards roll, a definite one-up on her mom’s sensual writhing. She’ll go far, that girl.
And so this brings me up to date - the 68th of the 68 music videos Madonna has released. It’s nice to end on this celebratory note, though it is a little sad that Madonna hasn’t made any videos yet this decade.
The webs tell me she’s currently auteuring a film about Wallis Simpson, which actually sounds like it might not be too bad. If the spirit and energy of Madonna’s 26 years of music videos can come through in that film, then it will be a good thing indeed.