The 1980 bomb – starring Olivia Newton John, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck – screens with STAYING ALIVE as part of the American Cinematheque’s “So Bad They’re Brilliant” series.
From the website: “Olivia Newton-John (GREASE) as a muse sent down to earth to inspire directionless artist Michael Beck (THE WARRIORS) to open a roller-disco nightclub funded by aging, lonely moneybags Gene Kelly (SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN). The movie cements its place in the pantheon of brilliantly bad cinema courtesy of a production number that features the legendary Kelly dancing across the screen as a giant pinball on a pinball game set and another that sticks him in a zoot suit while Beck cavorts in an electric orange jumpsuit. Ah, the ‘80s. Featuring seeing-is-believing roller skating numbers, animation by Don Bluth (AN AMERICAN TAIL), a killer soundtrack featuring the No.1 hit “Magic,” XANADU, a floppola on its release, has morphed into such a beloved cult fave that it inspired a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. With Sandahl Bergman and the voices of Coral Browne and Wilfred Hyde-White.”