Saturday Night Fever
Directed by John Badham
Happy Halloween, everyone! It is strange being in London for Halloween, since it is not as big of a deal here as it is in the United States. I get the sense that people here are just humoring children by celebrating it and think I'm weird for demanding candy from them. Go figure. Anyway, let's get to our thoroughly unthematic film of the day.
Tony Manero is an Italian American man living in Brooklyn. He works at a hardware store and his only source of pleasure in life is dancing at the local disco club. He meets Stephanie, who agrees to be his dance partner, but wants their relationship to stay professional. Bitch.
Okay, I take it back. This is a good movie to watch on Halloween, as parts of this film are truly horrifying (and I don't just mean the Bee Gees soundtrack). The treatment of women in this film is truly disgusting. I don't know how I am supposed to enjoy watching Tony dance when he and his friends all are actual or aspiring rapists.
Of course, I understand how iconic this film is. I certainly understand its place on the List. But it wasn't a fun watch and I wish I could unsee a few of the scenes.
First Hollywood movie to use the term "blow job." It's fun learning about history.
Gene Siskel's favorite movie.