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The Secret Disco Revolution (2013)

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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. ... A goldmine of rarely seen stock footage, and enough disco hits to shake your booty straight back to 1978. But the film's form is as revolutionary as its content: This quietly hilarious doc-satire also features an unreliable Nabokovian narrator; "reenactments" that are speculative to the point of complete fantasy; and a unique tone of sustained irony that both presents a fresh look at a well-known era, and compels audiences to question it, without ever allowing them off the dancefloor Written, produced, and directed by Jamie Kastner,a Toronto-based filmmaker and writer whose work has received international acclaim (Kike Like Me, Recessionize! For Fun And Profit! , Free Trade is Killing My Mother, Djangomania!) (c) E One

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

"The Secret Disco Revolution" laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
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
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Secret Disco Revolution

½

Maybe disco was really just about having a good time. Getting all academic about it seemed over the top for me. Although the whole gay liberation perspective actually made sense to me. I was too young during the disco era to be aware of anything like that.

Miz B Wallace
Miz B Wallace
½

I watched it sober. Not the recommended approach to an argument that disco is the musical embodiment of the feminist critique of patriarchy. In a different mood I might have been able to consider Donna Summer's Love to Love you Baby as a rejection of the three-minute sex act!

Robert Underwood
Robert Underwood
½

THE SECRET DISCO REVOLUTION has a great premise at its core--investigating disco fever from a socio-political perspective--something disco truly deserves. Sadly, DISCO gets all wrapped up in the music biz and hedonism and loses its way. A VH-1 doc at best. Another missed opp at the bijou :(

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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