Tony Manero

Film/Video

Images courtesy of Lorber HT Digital

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.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)