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Xanadu (1980)

Xanadu (1980)
July 27, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Directed by Robert Greenwald

More or less the apotheosis of disco on film, the delirious, hyper-produced Xanadu presents the story of a frustrated artist, inspired by supernatural “muse” Olivia Newton-John to become a roller disco entrepreneur.  Offering a very different dramatic setup from that of Car Wash (where the dilemma was getting into a disco at all), the film sold a new fantasy for the 1980s: high-rolling success.

Universal Pictures. Producer: Lawrence Gordon. Screenwriter: Richard Christian Danus. Cinematographer: Victor J. Kemper. Editor: Dennis Virkler. Cast: Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, Gene Kelly, James Sloyan, Dimitra Arliss.

35mm, color, 93 min.