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Car Wash (1976)

Car Wash (1976)
July 15, 2011 - 7:30 pm
In-person: 
Franklyn Ajaye, Michael Schultz, Gary Stromberg.

Directed by Michael Schultz.

Unfolding in a workplace setting far from the disco floor, this comedy classic nonetheless invokes the working-class energy that infused early disco culture.  Punctuated by live radio announcements hawking tickets to a hot disco club, the film bumps to a soul-funk soundtrack by Rose Royce (including its title song; a bona fide disco hit), prompting episodes of ecstatic dancing by its cast in a glimpse of transcendence through communal movement.

Universal Pictures.  Producer: Art Linson, Gary Stromberg. Screenwriter: Joel Schumacher. Cinematographer: Frank Stanley. Editor: Christopher Holmes. Cast: Franklyn Ajaye, Ivan Dixon, Garrett Morris, Richard Pryor, George Carlin.

35mm, color, 97 min.