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Tony Manero

Film/Video

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Tony Manero
Pablo Larrain, 2008
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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