XANADU
1980, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Robert Greenwald

Grafting 1940s-style movie whimsy onto late-’70s Muzak to spawn a whole new hybrid - discokitsch - XANADU stars Olivia Newton-John as a muse sent to Earth to inspire directionless artist Michael Beck to open a roller-disco nightclub funded by aging, lonely moneybags Gene Kelly. With must-be-seen-to-be-believed roller skating sequences, animation by Don Bluth (AN AMERICAN TAIL), and a killer soundtrack featuring the No.1 hit "Magic," XANADU, a flop on its release, has morphed into such a beloved cult fave that it inspired a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical.


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