Cinema: Discomania

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Directed by John Badham Screenplay by Norman Wexler

From a cynical perspective Saturday Night Fever looks not so much like a movie as a merchandising assault on the youth market. The first film to exploit the latest disco craze, it stars a hot TV personality, John Travolta, and features a sound track overcrowded with highly pluggable Bee Gees songs. The sets are plastered with posters of Al Pacino and Farrah Fawcett-Majors; the script shamelessly ransacks American Graffiti and Rocky. The people behind Saturday Night Fever —or perhaps one should say the...

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