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Does anybody know the story behind the 'Secret' video?

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I open this thread to talk about the mysterious Secret video footage where Madonna looks like Marlene Dietrich. I've always wondered what happened to it? Wasn't Madonna satisfied with the result and consequently released the one we all know?

 

Unreleased footage

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Released footage

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You can watch excerpts of the footage here:

 

http://youtu.be/TdFXkon8B6o?t=1m35s

 

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Any comments? :)

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Well the videos you brought up were in Dan-O-Rama's mixes for Secret and some of his megamix videos for GHV2. So obviously these pieces might've been not-so-good takes to Madonna,but she eventually liked them after Dan fixed it up and got her a bunch of hit videos.

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I'll need to look for it, but it was actually the director Melodie McDaniel that didn't like the look. She was wanting a more accessible, less glam look to go with her vision of the song.

 

I was thinking the same, the song is very spiritual and relaxing, not very relatable to the Marlenes, Marilyn or Gretas she used to portrait in previous videos.

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I have always been seeing those pics above, but just now I realized that look didn't appear in the video. :drama:

Me too, odd I never put it together before, lol. I actually think Madonna always looked a lot more like Harlow and does in some of those pics.

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You should read Lucy O'Brien's "Madonna: Like an Icon" book. There is  a few pages about filming "Secret" with Melodie McDaniel's comments.

 

The thing about changing M's hair was that McDaniel just didn't like it. They were filming some scenes but it was Melodie's first that big production so she was frightened and shy and didn't tell Madonna what is she extacly expect. When she already told her that she wants Madonna to be more 'raw', not 'that pretty', M. was like really pissed off. And that's the reason they changed hairstyle and make-up. :)

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Good to know!! Did they work together again after 1994? LOL

 

I'm not sure, but  I don't think they did. The only thing I know is that Madonna used scenes from some film Melodie directed in the "Secret" backdrop from DWT. 

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The director was wrong. That Jean harlow exagerated hairstyle was really specific and original. The other hairstyle had already kinda been seen several times before the "Secret" video and wasn't really new or exciting. The Harlow big hairstyle was unsual, had a strong image and a impact, it had its own identity, just like the cowboy hat the black wig from Frozen. That harlow hairstyle was amazing with the rnb beat of the song, while M walking down the streets of Harlem. Iconic. The director played it safe and it's not the way to go with Madonna' work. No wonder she hasn't worked with her after that.

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On 9/13/2020 at 3:58 PM, Prayer said:

It was not a great look, to be honest:

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Mmmh no:

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I always assumed it was Madonna who didn't like it in the end but who knows...

The final video we got is excellent :hearteyes:

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It's not that much about being beautiful, it's more about the look making a statement, having an impact and i personnally think the Harlow look is more unique. I mean years later it would have been the "Secret" video look. The other look is just a variation of the look she had in 1987, 1991, 1994 etc... 

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I just recalled that this very week back in '94 M posted on America Online and Compuserve a message for everybody on the internerwebz right before Secret's release :lord:

I think it took me like 25 minutes to download a 10 audio second clip;  I can't remember if it was a wav or wma or mpeg1 or a real audio file! :cryin:

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14 minutes ago, Ian said:

I just recalled that this very week back in '94 M posted on America Online and Compuserve a message for everybody on the internerwebz right before Secret's release :lord:

I think it took me like 25 minutes to download a 10 audio second clip;  I can't remember if it was a wav or wma or mpeg1 or a real audio file! :cryin:

it was a sound file

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34 minutes ago, EgoRod said:

it was a sound file

all of the ones I mentioned are sound files, mpeg1 could be used for both video and audio , I was just pointing out that I didn't recall which type was

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1 hour ago, Ian said:

all of the ones I mentioned are sound files, mpeg1 could be used for both video and audio , I was just pointing out that I didn't recall which type was

lol yeah, sorry I was on my phone. It was a REAL audio file, autocorrect hit in

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