I finally have gotten around, now in late 2014 at 71 years of age, to watching these two motion pictures! I should not have taken so seriously the miles-laid-thick snobbery about these two films, especially regarding "Saturday Night Fever" (S.N.F.), and all the additional snubbing of disco music and of disco dancing. On their own terms, these two films are terrifically entertaining. The dancing remains wonderful; seen now, the disco dancing in S.N.F. often looks remarkably elegant, even (oddly enough) rather genteel, and certainly necessitates much Terpsichorean ballroom-like skill. Atop that, "Saturday Night Fever" has a storyline full of grit and warm human interest, quite apart from the superb scenes on the dance-floor. Of course, most Amazon users will know already that "Staying Alive" is the sequel to S.N.F.
In the earlier film, Tony Manero, John Travolta's character, is 19 years old, the teen disco king of his neighbourhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. Travolta, already a star on T.V., especially, for the youth market, does S.N.F.'s disco-style dancing exceedingly well and is quite accomplished as an actor. He interacts with Tony Manero's male pals and with the women in S.N.F. like a truly seasoned actor.
In "Staying Alive", Tony Manero has become an aspiring professional dancer, now aged 25, for Broadway and modern dance. The storyline for "Staying Alive" does not have the convincing plot and characterisation that capture the viewer's heart to anywhere near the extent that S.N.F. did so, and, in fact, "Staying Alive" is rather stiff and lacking in credibility in many ways, but the dancing in Broadway and modern dance idioms in that film is exceptionally good.
Best of all in "Staying Alive" is the modern dance ballet sequence, "Satan's Alley".Read more ›
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