DISCO DEMOLITION @ ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE: WEDS 24/7—MON 5/8
Shock-jock Steve Dahl’s anti-disco agenda came to an explosive end in declaring a July 12th 1979 DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT. Blowing up crates of DONNA SUMMER and VILLAGE PEOPLE records, Dahl’s disastrous half-time riot was an attack on the genre’s popularity, now gauged as an arguably reactionary response to its radical roots in a black and queer underground. The culmination of a growing backlash, disco tracks then dropped from the charts and the music faded from the mainstream. Our selection of films tracks disco’s relationship to cinema, from its spectacular triumphs to its explosive fall from grace, and its monumental presence felt through the decades since.
🕺WEDS 24/7: CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC / Nancy Walker, 1980
🕺MON 29/7: CRUISING / William Friedkin, 1980 + (TELL ME WHY) THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF DISCO / John Di Stefano, 1990
🕺WEDS 31/7: THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO / Whit Stillman, 1998
🕺MON 5/8: THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY / Robert Keane, 1979
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