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Tony Manero


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Tony Manero
Pablo Larrain, 2008

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Fri, July 10, 2009 7 PM
Sat, July 11, 2009 7 PM

"A magnificently deranged study of overboard pop-culture fandom and authoritarian rule's destructive effect on its citizenry."—Slant Magazine

Imagine Travis Bickle from Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver obsessed with disco dancing and John Travolta's character from Saturday Night Fever instead of Jodie Foster, and you'll have some sense of the harrowing and satiric tone of Tony Manero. Perfectly capturing its time and place (1978 Chile), the film becomes a subtle yet startling allegory as the horrible acts done by the John Travolta-wannabe in the name of pursuing a Hollywood fantasy mirror the country's larger reign of terror caused by the dictator Augusto Pinochet. (98 mins., 35mm)

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Experience another side of Tony Manero fever at the Wexner Center when Saturday Night Fever screens on July 2 as part of the Soundtrack Available series.

Ballet Boys

Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

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Wexner Center for the Arts

Due to an ongoing investigation, the Wexner Center will be closed to the public on Monday. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will update this space and our Facebook page as new information is released.