4. Madonna, “Oh Father”
Film: Citizen Kane
One of Madonna’s most emotional videos reexamines her well-known life story (repressive father, deceased mother) while combining it with noir hallmarks from Orson Welles’ debut triumph. Director David Fincher uses the snowy “Rosebud” yard, dark sense of scale and shadow, and the childlike glow we associate with the implacable cinematic treasure. Madonna’s performance in the video, meanwhile, is breathtaking all on its own.
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