Roller Disco Triple Feature: Xanadu, Roller Boogie and Skatetown, U.S.A.
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American Cinematheque screens producer/star Douglas Fairbanks' 1927 swashbuckler The Gaucho, with live musical accompaniment, followed by a fascinating discussion of the film's magnificent art direction and its influence on another filmmaker, Gene Kelly. Carl Oscar Borg's enormous set was built to be both visually striking and to withstand Fairbanks action-filled stunts, which inspired Kelly's production design as a director. Not only will you see the full, fun Fairbanks movie, in which he plays an amoral Bandit King in the Andes, but you'll also see a clip reel featuring excerpts from Fairbanks' other adventure films, as well as Kelly's work in The Pirate, The Three Musketeers and Singin' in the Rain. Professor John Tibbetts of the University of Kansas (author of Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century) and special guest Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly's widow and biographer, will delve into the relationship between set design and dance and stunt choreography, in a panel moderated by John Muto, the founder of the Art Directors Guild Film Society. Learn More
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I had a blast!! I knew it was going to be tough getting through all three films without falling asleep, but I made it with only a few nods here and there. I loved that the audience was as excited as I was and cheered for our nostalgic actors (heart throbs) and other creatives during credits and entrances. I also loved how we heartily laughed at some of the ridiculousness of scenes/plots and bad acting that we were used to in the '70s and '80s. Thank you for this fun experience!
Quotes & Highlights
- _1980, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Robert Greenwald
Grafting 1940s-style movie whimsy onto late-’70s Muzak to spawn a whole new hybrid - _discokitsch - Xanadu stars Olivia Newton-John as a muse sent to Earth to inspire directionless artist Michael Beck to open a roller-disco nightclub funded by aging, lonely moneybags Gene Kelly. With must-be-seen-to-be-believed roller skating sequences, animation by Don Bluth (An American Tail), and a killer soundtrack featuring the No.1 hit “Magic,” Xanadu, a flop on its release, has morphed into such a beloved cult fave that it inspired a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical.
_1979, Park Circus/MGM, 103 min, USA, Dir: Mark L. Lester
_Rich girl Terri (Linda Blair) runs away from home to pal around with fun-loving roller skaters on the Venice boardwalk. When the local rink is threatened by a nefarious developer, the kids have to band together to stop him from turning their pleasure palace into a shopping mall. Mark L. Lester, who later solidified his audience-pleasing credentials with Commando and Firestarter, directed this rousing piece of pop entertainment.
_1979, Columbia, 98 min, USA, Dir: William A. Levey
_A competition at a roller rink is the setting for this 1970s time capsule with an amazing pop culture pedigree: Co-written by regular John Carpenter collaborator and _The Last Starfighter _director Nick Castle, the movie stars Scott Baio, Patrick Swayze in his first big role (as evil womanizing skater Ace), Ron “Horseshack” Palillo from Welcome Back, Kotter, Flip Wilson, the Unknown Comic and doomed Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten. And did we forget to mention Billy Barty and The Brady Bunch beauty Maureen McCormick? Wall-to-wall roller skating and disco-era kitsch make this a must-see cult classic.
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