Saturday Night Fever Screens at Bijou This Week

Endless parodies, overplay of the ridiculously awesome but also kind of ridiculous Bee Gees songs, and John Travolta’s subsequent sporadically embarrassing John Travolta-ness notwithstanding, 1977’s Saturday Night Fever is definitive filmed proof that disco did not in fact suck.

But if you go seeking ironic laughs be warned: Fever’s also a fairly heavy example of gritty 1970s cinema, full of moody method acting and still-shocking antiheroics. Travolta’s Tony Manero does more brooding than boogalooing. He’s attempting to exorcise some serious demons with all that stylized gesticulating, and to him the connection between the bell-bottomed bump and grind and “Stayin’ Alive” is anything but a joke.

See the movie Tuesday 7/26, $15, 7:30pm, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org.

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