40 Years of Saturday Night Fever
Forty years ago today, a 1977 American musical drama film directed by John Badham.
Featuring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man with a white three-piece suit, who spends his weekends under-lit dance floor, dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn club.
The movie is an ode to the disco era. Its commercial success helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta a household name.
Saturday Night Fever comes from director John Badham's fascination with the disco movement, which Nik Cohn explained in the article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" published in 1976 on New York magazine.
But the very star of the movie is the soundtrack.
The film is produced by Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood, who brought some disco hits to the scene.
The music of Saturday Night Fever is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.
It’s not just a commercial success, the film showcased aspects of the music, the dancing, and the subculture surrounding the disco era spreading a cultural movement all over the world.