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is a 1980 concert film
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directed by Michael Ritchie
Michael Brunswick Ritchie was an American film director.Ritchie was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia and Benbow Ferguson Ritchie...
, and featuring Bette Midler
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during her 1979 concert at Pasadena
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's Civic Auditorium. The 94-minute film features Midler's stand-up comedy routines as well as 16 songs, including "Big Noise From Winnetka," "Paradise," "Shiver Me Timbers," "Fire Down Below," "Stay With Me," "My Mother’s Eyes," "Chapel of Love/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Do You Want to Dance," "You Can’t Always Get What You Want/I Shall Be Released", "The E-Street Shuffle/Summer (The First Time)/"Leader of the Pack" and "The Rose".
Richie filmed four of Midler's concerts on the tour and cut them together to look like one. Divine Madness
was released in 1980 to relative critical success. Chicago Sun-Times
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film critic Roger Ebert
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awarded the film three and a half stars, saying that the film's only weakness was that there was not "enough close-up shots of the audience". The tracks "Shiver Me Timbers" and "Rainbow Sleeve" were edited out of the Home Video Version. Divine Madness
has been re-released on DVD but as yet only in the US.