History Film / TonyManero

27th May '17 10:11:20 PM OtterFish
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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larraín that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in UsefulNotes/Chile, it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Creator/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.

Featuring a thieving, murderous VillainProtagonist, the likes of which made ''The New York Times'' called it an "indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie", the movie has picked up critical praise but is still an odd bird to say the least. Compared to the iconic disco film, it functions as a SpiritualSequel, as a fascinating parallel narrative touching on the same themes, as a dark {{deconstruction}} (somewhat ironic, given the downbeat background of the first film, making ''Tony Manero'' [[UpToEleven a deconstruction of a deconstruction]]), and as an unrelated character study of life in a decrepit society.

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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larraín that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in UsefulNotes/Chile, {{Chile}}, it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Creator/JohnTravolta). that Creator/JohnTravolta peformed. A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion dreams by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.

Featuring a thieving, murderous VillainProtagonist, the likes of which made ''The VillainProtagonist (''The New York Times'' called it the movie an "indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie", the movie zombie"), ''Tony Manero'' has picked up critical praise but is still an odd bird to say the least. Compared to the iconic disco film, it functions as a SpiritualSequel, as a fascinating parallel narrative touching on the same themes, as a dark {{deconstruction}} (somewhat ironic, given the downbeat background of the first film, making ''Tony Manero'' [[UpToEleven a deconstruction of a deconstruction]]), and as an unrelated character study of life in a decrepit society.
PoliceState.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The protagonist shows up, feeling confused, to a backstage area ready for the big ''Saturday Night Fever'' related event. Heading inside only gets him shooed back outside among a group of men dressed nothing like disco enthusiasts. He then learns that it's a Creator/ChuckNorris impersonation contest that's about to start, and ''his'' event won't happen until the following week. He does have time to do the formal paperwork, though, ahead of time. Yet the questions about his age, residence, and occupation are cagey and hesitant. Not only is Raúl left looking stupid, but his anxiety about being a middle-aged low-life is made crystal clear.
* FanDisservice: Raúl imitates scenes of a mugging Travolta. For a character that's unattractive inside and out, especially when this is juxtaposed with him commiting heinous crimes, the moments are... ''unsettling.''

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The protagonist shows up, feeling confused, to a backstage area ready for the big ''Saturday Night Fever'' related event. Heading inside only gets him shooed back outside among a group of men dressed nothing like disco enthusiasts. He then learns that it's a Creator/ChuckNorris impersonation contest that's about to start, and ''his'' event won't happen until the following week. He does have time to do the formal paperwork, though, ahead of time. Yet the his answers to questions about his age, residence, and occupation are cagey and hesitant. Not only is Raúl left looking stupid, but his anxiety about being a middle-aged low-life is made crystal clear.
* FanDisservice: Raúl imitates scenes of a mugging Travolta. For a character that's unattractive inside and out, especially when this is juxtaposed with him commiting committing heinous crimes, the moments are... ''unsettling.''



* GrayAndBlackMorality: And how. The protagonist is an [[DissonantSerenity oddly serene]] yet [[TheSociopath totally depraved]] criminal. He spends his time in places that [[SceneryGorn almost always look decaying and rotten]]. The various side characters fall on varying scales of obnoxiousness with none being that overly sympathetic (or even given that much of a focus, anyways). [[LongingForFictionland Obsessing over fictional glitz]] makes sense given how [[CrapsackWorld cynically awful their world is]].



* {{Jerkass}}: Raúl.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Raúl. Side characters have shades of this as well.


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* LongingLook: The protagonist's expressions are an odd mixture of disturbing callous and sympathetically pathetic, particularly when he gazes at the ''Saturday Night Fever'' characters up on the movie screen.


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* SceneryGorn: The working-class areas of 70s Chile look truly terrible, and minor moments in more middle-class type environments prove to emphasize that.
23rd May '17 9:44:58 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* {{Badass}}: A subdued but fair example. Raúl's a horrible human being, but he's fairly agile, intelligently cautious, quick on his feet, and all around resourceful, especially for a man in his ''fifties''. He keeps his cool around the regime's goons without much trouble, ducks out a window and escapes across a rooftop as if it's nothing, and is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking indeed a genuinely talented dancer.]]
20th May '17 12:41:57 PM OtterFish
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Raúl gets asked point-blank what he's going to do when this trendy {{disco}} "fashion" [[DeaderThanDisco dies]]. He weakly retorts that it's more than that, but the question clearly needles him, sticking in his mind. [[spoiler:This uncertainty dogs him up to and including the film's final scene, when he's sitting in a bus having lost the fateful contest in a "Now what?" stupor.]]
20th May '17 11:31:37 AM OtterFish
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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larrain that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in UsefulNotes/Chile, it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Creator/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.

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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larrain Larraín that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in UsefulNotes/Chile, it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Creator/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.



* CrapsackWorld: To be sadly expected under a [[BananaRepublic military-run tyranny]]. Throughout the movie's background, it becomes clear that the system itself ''creates'' cruel {{jerkass}}es such as Raúl given how terrible personality traits such as deceit and callousness are rewarded. The decaying buildings, dirty streets, wandering dogs, and all the rest give off a negative aura of despair.

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* CrapsackWorld: To be sadly expected under a [[BananaRepublic South American military-run tyranny]]. Throughout the movie's background, it becomes clear that the system itself ''creates'' cruel {{jerkass}}es such as Raúl given how terrible personality traits such as deceit and callousness are rewarded. The decaying buildings, dirty streets, wandering dogs, and all the rest give off a negative aura of despair.



* DisproportionateRetribution: A nice old lady has a color television set that Raul is interested in, watching it after bugging him with racist comments. A merchant at a big junkyard-esque place raised the price of glass floor tiles that Raul longs for. A film projectionist has stopped showing the movie that Raul is totally obsessed with. Guess what happens to them.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: A nice old lady has a color television set that Raul Raúl is interested in, watching it after bugging him with racist comments. A merchant at a big junkyard-esque place raised the price of glass floor tiles that Raul Raúl longs for. A film projectionist has stopped showing the movie that Raul Raúl is totally obsessed with. Guess what happens to them.them.
** In the broader sense, this is how Pinochet's oppressive tyranny operates, being a typical example of a PoliceState.
* DissonantSerenity: One of Raúl's defining character traits.



* GratuitousEnglish: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. Multiple Chileans are fascinated by U.S. culture, and trying to memorize bits of an internationally popular film is reasonable enough. The protagonist, though, gets obsessive about it, seeing the movie over and over again.

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* GratuitousEnglish: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. Multiple Chileans are [[ForeignCultureFetish fascinated by U.S. culture, culture]], and trying to memorize bits of an internationally popular film is reasonable enough. The protagonist, though, gets obsessive about it, seeing the movie over and over again.



* ImprovisedWeapon: Raúl. This enhances the uncaring brutality of his killings even more

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Raúl. This enhances the uncaring brutality of his killings even morekillings.
* LongingForFictionland: The focus of the film.
19th May '17 7:00:42 PM OtterFish
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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larrain that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in [[UsefulNotes/Chile Chile]], it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Creator/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.

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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larrain that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in [[UsefulNotes/Chile Chile]], UsefulNotes/Chile, it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Creator/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.



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* Badass: A subdued but fair example. Raúl's a horrible human being, but he's fairly agile, intelligently cautious, quick on his feet, and all around resourceful, especially for a man in his ''fifties''. He keeps his cool around the regime's goons without much trouble, ducks out a window and escapes across a rooftop as if it's nothing, and is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking indeed a genuinely talented dancer.]]

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* Badass: {{Badass}}: A subdued but fair example. Raúl's a horrible human being, but he's fairly agile, intelligently cautious, quick on his feet, and all around resourceful, especially for a man in his ''fifties''. He keeps his cool around the regime's goons without much trouble, ducks out a window and escapes across a rooftop as if it's nothing, and is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking indeed a genuinely talented dancer.]]



* TheSociopath: The protagonist is just a few steps above sinking to that level. Assuming that he's not there already. He displays hints of fear, shame, and worry, yes, but that doesn't change how he's a cold-blooded ''murderer'' at heart.

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* RealityEnsues: Gee, Raúl, [[spoiler:you may be a solid dancer, but you're competing against men that are just as talented as you are while also being better looking and younger. Why are you surprised that you didn't win?]]
* TheSociopath: The protagonist is just a few steps above sinking to that level. Assuming that he's not there already. He displays hints of fear, shame, and worry, yes, but that doesn't change how he's a cold-blooded ''murderer'' at heart.
19th May '17 6:46:36 PM OtterFish
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* Badass: A subdued but fair example. Raúl's a horrible human being, but he's fairly agile, intelligently cautious, quick on his feet, and all around resourceful, especially for a man in his ''fifties''. He keeps his cool around the regime's goons without much trouble, ducks out a window and escapes across a rooftop as if it's nothing, and is [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking indeed a genuinely talented dancer.]]
19th May '17 6:36:11 PM OtterFish
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Featuring a thieving, murderous VillainProtagonist, the likes of which made ''The New York Times'' called it an "indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie", the movie has picked up critical praise but is still an odd bird to say the least. Compared to the iconic disco film, it functions as a SpiritualSequel, as a fascinating parallel narrative touching on the same themes, as a dark {{deconstruction}} (somewhat ironic, given the downbeat background of the first film, making ''Tony Manero'' [[UpToEleven a deconstruction of a deconstruction]]), and as an unrelated character study of life under a [[BananaRepublic decrepit dictatorship]].

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Featuring a thieving, murderous VillainProtagonist, the likes of which made ''The New York Times'' called it an "indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie", the movie has picked up critical praise but is still an odd bird to say the least. Compared to the iconic disco film, it functions as a SpiritualSequel, as a fascinating parallel narrative touching on the same themes, as a dark {{deconstruction}} (somewhat ironic, given the downbeat background of the first film, making ''Tony Manero'' [[UpToEleven a deconstruction of a deconstruction]]), and as an unrelated character study of life under in a [[BananaRepublic decrepit dictatorship]].
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* FanDisservice: Raúl imitates scenes of a mugging Travolta. For a character that's unattractive inside and out, especially when this is juxtaposed with him commiting heinous crimes, the moments are... ''unsettling.''
* GratuitousEnglish: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. Multiple Chileans are fascinated by U.S. culture, and trying to memorize bits of an internationally popular film is reasonable enough. The protagonist, though, gets obsessive about it, seeing the movie over and over again.
19th May '17 6:29:37 PM OtterFish
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* GreaterScopeVillain: [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] reach is far, even if the tyrant is only brought up briefly.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The protagonist shows up, feeling confused, to a backstage area ready for the big ''Saturday Night Fever'' related event. Heading inside only gets him shooed back outside among a group of men dressed nothing like disco enthusiasts. He then learns that it's a Creator/ChuckNorris impersonation contest that's about to start, and ''his'' event won't happen until the following week. He does have time to do the formal paperwork, though, ahead of time. Yet the questions about his age, residence, and occupation are cagey and hesitant. Not only is Raúl left looking stupid, but his anxiety about being a middle-aged low-life is made crystal clear.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] reach is far, even if the tyrant man himself is only brought up briefly.



* ImprovisedWeapon: Raul. This enhances the uncaring brutality of his killings even more
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Cat]]: A literal case. Raul takes the time to gently move around a housecat and put out a nice meal for it... after a sudden, horrible murder.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Raúl.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Raul.Raúl. This enhances the uncaring brutality of his killings even more
* [[PetTheDog Pet The Cat]]: A literal case. Raul Raúl takes the time to gently move around a housecat and put out a nice meal for it... after a sudden, horrible murder.



* TheSociopath: The protagonist is either there or just a few steps above sinking to that level.
* VillainProtagonist: And how. Raul Peralta would give freaking [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS Frank Underwood]] a run for his money.

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* TheSociopath: The protagonist is either there or just a few steps above sinking to that level.
level. Assuming that he's not there already. He displays hints of fear, shame, and worry, yes, but that doesn't change how he's a cold-blooded ''murderer'' at heart.
* VillainProtagonist: And how. Raul Raúl Peralta would give freaking [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS Frank Underwood]] a run for his money.
19th May '17 6:07:12 PM OtterFish
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''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larrain that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in [[UsefulNotes/Chile Chile]], it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro)who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Film/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.

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->''"In the movie, Creator/JohnTravolta plays 'Tony Manero'. We're searching now for the Chilean Tony Manero. Follow me, little camera."''

''Tony Manero'' is a 2008 drama film by Pablo Larrain that uses the classic 1977 movie ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' as a springboard for a new story. Filmed and set in [[UsefulNotes/Chile Chile]], it centers around a callous criminal named Raúl Peralta (played by Alfredo Castro)who Castro) who becomes obsessed with the U.S. film's portrayal of {{disco}} culture and specifically the role of "Tony Manero" (played by Film/JohnTravolta).Creator/JohnTravolta). A dark, cynical look at TheSeventies in that nation, during which Chilean life was rocked by [[UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet Augusto Pinochet's]] [[CrapsackWorld brutal dictatorship]], the Spanish language movie follows Peralta's growing obsession and eventual opportunity to live out his compulsion by performing on a ''Saturday Night Fever'' themed impersonation contest on national TV.
19th May '17 5:49:57 PM TonyG
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* BadassInANiceSuit: To be expected given the scenario.



* NiceSuit: To be expected given the scenario.
* [[PetTheDog PetTheCat]]: A literal case. Raul takes the time to gently move around a housecat and put out a nice meal for it... after a sudden, horrible murder.

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* NiceSuit: To be expected given the scenario.
* [[PetTheDog PetTheCat]]: Pet The Cat]]: A literal case. Raul takes the time to gently move around a housecat and put out a nice meal for it... after a sudden, horrible murder.



* VillainProtagonist: And how. Raul Peralta would give freaking [[Series/HouseOfCardsU.S. Frank Underwood]] a run for his money.

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* VillainProtagonist: And how. Raul Peralta would give freaking [[Series/HouseOfCardsU.S. [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS Frank Underwood]] a run for his money.
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