Tuesday Night Flicks: Xanadu

Hosted by Richard Miami
 
Tuesday, November 27, 7pm, $7
 
 
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The Tuesday after the Thanksgiving Holiday will be a rare local screening of a musical that has captivated an entire generation - XANADU! Much maligned by "serious" film critics upon its release in 1980 XANADU has grown over the years as a cherished memory of the late 1970s & early 1980s.  With its many hit songs, outrageous costumes, surreal sets, over-the-top dance sequences and headlined by a leg-warmer wearing, roller- stacking muse (personified by always perky Olivia Newton-John) XANADU has taken on a life of its own both as a cult film classic and inspiration for the hit Broadway musical of the same name! So come dressed as you are or, if the spirit of late 70s and early 80s roller-disco moves you, in your most outrageous disco attire XANADU is a great way for the entire family to spirit in the Holiday Season.  I will introduce the film with my usual tidbits on the film's production, backstage dramas and a few special moments in the film to keep an eye out for. As muse Kira (Olivia Newton-John) would say - A place where nobody dared to go/the love that we came to know/They call it Xanadu. 
 
Olivia Newton-John stars in this fantastical musical odyssey as a Greek muse who visits Earth as a human and, with the help of a roller-skating Gene Kelly, inspires young artist Michael Beck to open a glitzy disco roller rink. Lively updating of 1947's "Down to Earth" features songs by Newton-John and The Electric Light Orchestra, including "Suddenly," "Magic" and "All Over the World." Although it was generally panned by critics and initially considered a flop when first released, XANADU has gained a cult following over the years and continues to be screened in cities all across America and worldwide. Many people love and appreciate it for what it is: a lighthearted, campy, fun musical about achieving your dreams, with great music and dance numbers, and a beautiful spirit.
 
Rated PG 96 minutes | Directed by Robert Greenwald