Detroit Film Theatre


October 2-4 & 9-11, 2009

 Detroit Film Theatre

  • Fees Apply
  • Film
  • For Adults

(Chile/Brazil – 2008 – directed by Pablo Larrain)

Amidst the repressive police state that was Chile in the late 1970s, an Al Pacino look-alike named Raúl (masterfully played by Alfredo Castro) returns night after night – and day after day - to the grungy Santiago movie house running Saturday Night Fever, in order to study to the point of obsession every move and mannerism of John Travolta’s iconic disco king, Tony Manero. As he enters and prepares for a nationally televised contest – complete with contestants in white suits - which will select the country’s most convincing Travolta/Manero imitator, the full extent of Raúl’s manic self-delusion and not-so-repressed anger becomes shockingly apparent. Whether read as a cautionary tale about fascism or simply as the most horrifying (and darkly funny) movie ever made about disco, Tony Manero is a blazing original, but not for the faint-of-heart. Persons under 18 not admitted. Toronto and New York Film Festivals. In Spanish with English subtitles. (98 min.)

“Nothing I’ve seen in Cannes has possessed and disturbed me quite as much as Tony Manero.” -Andrew O’Hehir,

Oct. 2-3 @ 7:00 p.m., Oct. 4 @ 2:00 p.m.

Oct. 9-10 @ 9:30 p.m., Oct. 11 @ 4:00 p.m.