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The 1980's Hollywood Musical
on 3 November 2015
Xanadu is a 1980 American musical fantasy. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the film, which takes its name from Xanadu the summer capital of Kublai Khan.
Well the ingredients were there, the beautiful Olivia Newton-John, the Hollywood dance legend Gene Kelly, and it’s a Hollywood musical. But sadly Xanadu is not a great movie, yet it somehow ends up touching you with the madness of it all. It's an amazing party movie, filled with laugh-out-loud moments and great dance and musical numbers.
The music from the film was hugely successful with a high calibre list of artistes such as Olivia, ELO, Cliff Richard and Gene Kelly and soared to the top of the charts upon release in many countries all around the world.
The story is a reworking of an old Rita Hayworth film called Down To Earth. The plot concerns a down on his luck artist, Sonny who is about to give up his dreams of opening a nightclub. Enter the beautiful mysterious Kira (on roller-skates!) and everything starts to take a turn for the better. He meets an older man and together the two collaborate in opening the most fantastic night club on earth.
This film followed Olivia’s great success in ‘Grease’ and unfortunately our expectations were just too high at the time. Funnily enough the film has gained in popularity over the years and is now seen in a much more positive light.