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The Secret Disco Revolution (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

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The disco era, long dismissed as a time of hedonistic excess, has been gravely misunderstood. Revisionist historians now argue the era was in fact an important time of protest: liberating gays, blacks and women. THE SECRET DISCO REVOLUTION juxtaposes disco revisionists against revealing new interviews with the era's biggest stars: Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive), Village People (YMCA, In The Navy), Robert "Kool" Bell from Kool and the Gang, and Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey - KC and the Sunshine Band.

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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.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Faddish taste may be interesting for some, but for others it will devolve into the banal, as cultural history as well as entertainment.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The veil is lifted on this secret movement, one that everyone else thought was just about dancing and doing coke.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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With the right group of friends and the right amount to drink it could be a rowdy good time. Without intoxicants, it's a gimmicky joke that drags on too long.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"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.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

It's a thorough but strained attempt to be provocative.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

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.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Ripe subject, ridiculous movie.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Disco scholars convincingly analyze lyrics and fashions as presenting bold expressions of sexuality and democratic hedonism, while Kastner doesn't skimp on the vintage clips, which range from unintentionally hilarious to surprisingly impressive.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Despite an impressive array of important interviewees...again and again, throughout the film, the narrator and unfortunate directorial choices produce a vapidity akin to that which disco was accused of by its detractors.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Actually quite valuable as a document of the era, interviewing those who stood (and boogied) on the front line, amassing an eye-opening tale of greed, lust, and burgeoning confidence.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Mostly, it's content to let major figures chitchat for a bit without digging any deeper into what they're saying or connecting it to anything else.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It bows fully to hedonism in lieu of all the scholarly theories on disco's lasting impact-a tidy but gutless way of tying together so many disparate arguments by such disparate people.

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

As you shimmy through the world of disco, you start to believe in its subversive nature.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
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