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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.

Jane B. par Agnès V.

See iconic actress Jane Birkin through the eyes of filmmaker Agnès Varda in a special double feature on Saturday, October 10. 

The Decline of Western Civilization

Don't miss your chance to see filmmaker Penelope Spheeris introduce her iconic The Decline of Western Civilization on Friday, October 23—get your tickets now.