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I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (film)

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I'm Going to Tell You a Secret is the title of a documentary that follows pop singer Madonna on her successful 2004 Re-Invention World Tour, and also of an album containing live music from the tour, I'm Going to Tell You a Secret was the first ever live album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released on June 20, 2006 by Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Vision. The album was released in a CD+DVD package and as a digital download. The CD album of highlights was recorded during one of her Paris shows of the 2004 Re-Invention World Tour and the DVD disc contains the 2005 documentary. The album has sold more than one million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award at the Grammy Awards of 2007 show in the category Best Long Form Music Video.

Background

The documentary was filmed during Madonna's Re-Invention World Tour which toured North America and Europe during May 24 to September 14, 2004. It was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, whose previous credits include various music videos, commercials and the cult hit film Spun. It can be seen as the follow-up to Truth or Dare (aka In Bed with Madonna), which had been released fourteen years earlier in 1991. In both films, the backstage scenes are shown in black and white, while the live performances are filmed in color. The film premiered commercial-free on MTV in the United States on October 21, 2005 but was not released commercially until June 20, 2006. The documentary was originally called The Re-Invented Process in reference to the world tour it documents and the Steven Klein collaboration and exhibition, X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS. Images from the exhibition are used in the opening titles sequence.

Documentary

The documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret chronicles early events on the tour such as dancer auditions, rehearsals and opening night, and continues all the way through the final show and her visit to Israel late in 2004. The film premiered commercial-free on MTV in the United States on October 21, 2005. The film received mixed reviews with Rolling Stone magazine mentioning that it "lacks the dishy delights of the diva's 1991 Truth or Dare doc. Instead, a more worldly Madge struggles to become a less sound-bite-reliant, more sincere person." The Guardian newspaper described it as "Fascinating, [it has] tiny flashes of insight into her relationship with Guy Ritchie, which occasionally involve her being just as girlie and ever so slightly insecure as the rest of us." A CD+DVD package containing the documentary and the live album (see below) was released on June 20, 2006 by Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Vision.

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