Saturday Night Fever
Nineteen-year-old Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, he fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family's starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Then, he meets Stephanie at the disco and they agree to dance together in a competition. Stephanie resists Tony's attempts to romance her, as she aspires to greater things; she is moving across the river to Manhattan. Gradually, Tony also becomes disillusioned with the life he is leading and he and Stephanie decide to help one another to start afresh
Future viewings will determine if the slight reservations I have with this are actually just reservations with the disco aesthetic itself. Either way, this is a pretty masterful, harrowing character study that somehow sneaked its way into the pop culture fabric in a way that few harrowing character studies do (this is like the disco Taxi Driver!). Good movie, wish I'd first watched it years ago.
There is a disco-shaped hole in the world, and it is our duty to cram disco in it. Now pass me that tiny spoon necklace.
For better or worse Saturday Night Fever best defines the "groovy" music and fashion era of the 70s. It's also a great coming of age film with Travolta excellent dancing in some ridiculous clothing makes for a good time.
Saturday Night Fever is about a Brooklyn youth who feels his only chance to get somewhere in life is as the king of the disco floor. The movie does have it share of embarrassing moments. One including Travolta and his gang waiting for one of their pal to finish his "shag" (70s slang for sex). Another embarrassing moment involves Travolta having dinner with his family and he gets into an argument with his dad because "He hits my hair". The movie…
Took advantage of a local big-screen showing of this in a nice digital version tonight. It's a much different film than I expected, having associated it too closely all these years with the teenybopper phenomenon of its hugely successful soundtrack in the late 1970s. The narrative is, well, quite frankly dark, in its exploration of Brooklyn masculinity and the decadent escapes in which the borough's young men of the period lose themselves each weekend. Travolta's character is essentially an anti-hero for much of the narrative, and only slightly less morally corrupt than his circle of friends. While the somber turn the film takes in the third act is not for all tastes, the dance sequences hold up amazingly well. (This…
It’s strange to think of a film like SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER as undervalued, but it is. People remember it for the dance scenes, which are marvelous, but they forget the rest of the movie that plays like a mix between MIDNIGHT COWBOY and a Martin Scorsese movie. Yes, the film is a celebration of the god that John Travolta becomes when he gets on the disco dance floor of the 2001 Odyssey club every Saturday night. But it’s also a depressing look at a man who is stuck in his circumstances, terrified by the dim prospects for his future, and saddened that dancing gives him his only outlet for hope.
Full review at Three Brothers Film: 3brothersfilm.com/2013/09/saturday-night-fever-1977/
OK first of all sorry if this is a bit of a mess, I haven't slept in hours.
I didn't enjoy the type of "shame" that results from telling people I'd never seen Saturday Night Fever. So, obviously, I came in for the disco and for John Travolta's clothes. While I loved the intro sequence (featuring both!), that couldn't quite carry me through.
Basically, I was expecting the Top Gun of the '70s, and Saturday Night Fever isn't quite on that level. What I was interested to observe, however, was that it was sort of a take on Rebel Without a Cause.
On the surface the two movies probably look largely similar, but the crucial difference is that, in the…
This is certainly not the idyllic disco fever film some might assume it to be without having seen it, although it does have moments that celebrate the cultural excess of the era. Instead, one is given a film about struggle and self-identification on par with Rocky, albeit with a bit more glitz.
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I see Saturday Night Fever as an attempt to take all the cultural aspects of the 70's and capture them all in one definitive film. You've got your gritty big city, your gangs, your cursing like a sailor, your sex, your violence, and to top it all off, of course, your disco dancing. What follows is a muddled mish-mash of all these styles of film-making that confusingly sorta stood the test of time.
In its attempt to gain mass appeal (Your girlfriend gets Travolta in leisure suits, your boyfriend gets a half-baked pseudo gangster plot) we get major thematic mood swings that feel unnecessary and poorly planned. And to get our gritty plotline we know we need lots of cursing,…
The dance sequences here are impressive, but the dark turn the movie takes is what's really amazing. Since I only knew the film from the gag in Airplane!, this was quite a pleasant surprise.
Disco might be long dead, but this movie is still stands the test of time and remains an effective and relevant character study. It's easy to see why Travolta became a superstar, as the dancing scenes are where the film really comes alive and it's all because of him; that first solo dance is incredible.
I confess. I watched this on a Friday night. I like the way that the film uses disco dancing as Tony's means of filling in the emptiness of the rest of his life--his role as a creative individual on the dance floor gave him some outlet to connect with something beyond his limited and painful experience. That said, the movie often feels like two separate films--the dance floor, and everything else. The tonal shifts between these two realms are completely jarring, particularly in some of the more extreme scenes (rape, bridge).
Terribly misogynistic and homophobic, and a substantial lack of plot and character complexity. A pity because the soundtrack's that good. The dancing is rather dated and as a whole I don't think it stood up to the test of time well.