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I had a friend who was a die-hard Madonna loyalist. Whatever Madge put out or starred in, my friend was 100 percent on board with it, and she often took me along for the ride. Which means I saw a lot of Madonna films, from the wretched (like Body of Evidence, which I am pretty sure Willem Dafoe wants to forget as much as I do), to the almost good (Evita).

But 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan was, by far, the best of the lot. It’s an entertaining comedy of errors that follows a bored New Jersey suburban housewife (played by Rosanna Arquette) who gets caught up in the life of an exciting stranger (Madonna) she discovers via the personals, and amid a series of events that involve a case of mistaken identities, amnesia, and a pair of stolen Egyptian earrings, experiences a finding-herself moment. But the film is so good because it serves as a nostalgic snapshot of a Madonna that many of us have forgotten existed: youthful, fresh, on the come-up (the film dropped less than five months after Like a Virgin), and confident without that overinflated sense of self-importance that came with her superstardom. It also marks the debut of “Into the Groove,” arguably one of the sexiest dance songs of the era.

The film is screened tonight at Central Cinema as part of its Madonna's 60th Birthday Celebration event, where you'll also enjoy some related music videos and gift bags in Madge's honor. The film-inspired vid for "Get Into the Groove" below.

And the original (cheesy ass) trailer.