STAY CLASSY: Flashdance

flashdance-1983

BY KENDALL ERICKSON

Year Released: 1983

How It Fared Back Then: The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, but was a major box office success. It became the third highest grossing film of 1983 in the United States and had a worldwide box-office gross of over $100 million. Overall, nearly every major film critic hated it. Roger Ebert even put it on his list of ‘Most Hated Films,’ but nonetheless, audiences loved it.

Why It’s Lasted: It’s hard to say. Probably because it’s shot almost like a series of rock videos-so while it is often referred to as a “musical”,’ it isn’t really. However, because it doesn’t have the firm label of “musical” that often drives a lot of viewers away if that isn’t their cup of tea; it’s a movie that’s accessible to both musical and non-musical movie lovers. Additionally, in a way, the movie sort of follows that classic Cinderella story plot–and who doesn’t love watching an underdog succeed?

Classic Moments:

  • What a FEELING!!!!
  • Alex exercising to “Maniac”
  • “When you give up on your dream, you die.”

Does It Hold Up? I think so. The movie is pretty much a staple of 80s culture now, and we’re in a period where “everything old is new again.” So the music and fashion from movies such as this one are all coming back in style.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqBQWbjqCRo]

kendallA student at Dalhousie University, Kendall is a musical theatre geek and a huge fan of singing in the shower. She is a bookworm, musician and that person who literally cries during every chick flick.

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