New York Film Locations

A Certain Sacrifice (1979)

Last Updated: April 2019

Bruna (Madonna) is a Lower East Side resident who lives with three love slaves (one male, one female, one transgender). Bruna meets Dashiell (Jeremy Pattnosh) in the water fountain in Washington Square Park and the two "fall in love". Bruna later tells her lovers she does not need them anymore, resulting in them attacking her sexually; this scene caused controversy, as Madonna is topless. Later, Bruna is raped by Raymond Hall (Charles Kurtz) in a bathroom at a coffee shop. To exact retribution, Bruna enlists her love slaves and Dashiell to abduct the rapist. They dress up as prostitutes and lure him into a limousine. They lead him to a theatre where a Satanic sacrifice is performed. Dashiell later wipes Raymond's blood all over Bruna.

Battery Park, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: This was shot as a student film. Madonna was unknown at the time but demanded she be paid for her work. The director required her to sign a release and paid her 100 dollars for her work. Later when Madonna became successful she tried to ban the movie. The director refused citing the release she signed which only arose from her insistence to be paid.

New Dock Street (East River) and Water Street, Brooklyn.



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