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Academy Boogies to Saturday Night Fever
Written by A.M.P.A.S. PR Release   

johntravolta120.jpgIn a special 30th anniversary celebration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Monday Nights with Oscar " (MNWO) will present a screening of Saturday Night Fever on Monday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. The program will feature a post-screening onstage discussion with actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow, costume designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein and casting director Shirley Rich.

Donna Pescow &
John Travolta

Based on a magazine article by Nik Cohn and adapted for the screen by Norman Wexler, Saturday Night Fever is a classic boy-meets-girl story. John Travolta, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance, stars as Tony, a 19-year-old paint store worker from Brooklyn who is struggling to break out of his limited world. At night, Tony dons a white suit and becomes the king of the local disco dance floor, where he meets Stephanie (Gorney), a talented dancer who is also looking to overcome her working-class status.

The 1977 film features a soundtrack dominated by disco era hits by the Bee Gees, including Staying Alive, Night Fever and If I Can't Have You, and incorporates such themes as drugs, sex, unrequited love, homophobia and racial tension.

Karen Lynn Gorney
MNWO is a monthly series showcasing high-quality prints of films that have been nominated for or won Academy Awards . This screening will feature a newly struck print from the Academy Film Archive, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Tickets for Saturday Night Fever are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-888-778-7575. Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased on the night of the screening. Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

Photos courtesy of Margaret Herrick Library and A.M.P.A.S.



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