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**1-Night Midnight Screening of Saturday Night Fever**
A selection of deep cuts & hot flicks from the 1970s.
Unbeatable soundtracks, looks, and cultural critique (intended or not). Dubbed the “Me Generation” you can understand why directors look to the 1970s with yearning: it was the age of the auteur, when bold actors, composers, and directors broke into an entrenched studio system to put their stamp on a changing culture.
Mean Streets - 1973
A 31-year-old Martin Scorsese’s realist alternative to The Godfather. Looking back, this film provided the raw blueprint for gangster flicks made since. It also catapulted Robert De Niro and Harvey Kietel into public consciousness.
Saturday Night Fever - 1977
John Travolta’s pants aside, Saturday Night Fever encapsulates 1970s NYC as a genuinely “weird, gritty, sexually charged, racially fearful and bizarrely disrupted time” (Chicago Tribune). But if you’re just here for the hips, the hooks, and the looks, that’s okay too.
The Wiz - 1978
It’s impossible to talk about The Wiz without talking about race and “the industry”. The stalled TV series to become two-time critically acclaimed theatrical production and film, continually positions itself against a history of white-centered cinema and theater. Bonus: Michael Jackson’s movie debut and soundtrack produced by Quincy Jones.
Alien - 1979
Blending sci-fi and horror in a way that hadn't been done before, Ridley Scott's terrifying thriller kicked off a franchise, subverting audience expectations by placing a female in the lead role. Bonus: the best dinner scene ever.