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"The Secret Disco Revolution" laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor.
Faddish taste may be interesting for some, but for others it will devolve into the banal, as cultural history as well as entertainment.
The veil is lifted on this secret movement, one that everyone else thought was just about dancing and doing coke.
The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary.
"The Secret Disco Revolution," claims that the steady "four on the floor" beat was the reason for the liberation of gays, African Americans and women. And oddly, in a blend of humorous and dead serious storytelling, director James Kastner makes his case.
There's silliness, too, but the facts turn the beat around.
Disco deserves better.
The film's strongest moments are in its case for what brought down disco including its broad expansion via radio.
While there is plenty of interest in Kastner's documentary, anybody with more than a passing knowledge of the disco era will know most of it already.
It's a thorough but strained attempt to be provocative.
Much will be familiar, though this is the first time I've heard that the original discotheques came about in France under the Nazi Occupation.
Ripe subject, ridiculous movie.
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