History Film / Xanadu

29th Dec '16 11:17:53 AM qpa
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The 1980 movie musical ''Xanadu'' is a story about a frustrated artist named Sonny Malone (Beck) who paints album covers for a living and is unhappy about it. By tossing some of his drawings into the wind, he somehow brings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYWA2c5w5bw a painting on a wall of nine girls to life]] and one of them -- Kira (Newton-John) -- finds and kisses him. Shortly after, he meets Danny [=McGuire=] (Kelly), a former big band leader. The two strike up a friendship and, with encouragement from Kira, make plans to convert an abandoned building (The Pan Pacific Auditorium) into a roller disco. Sonny and Kira, meanwhile, fall in love, with there being the slight complication that she's actually the Muse of Dance and Choral Singing (yes, really) and was only sent to bring Xanadu into creation. Soon, she will have to return home, just as Xanadu will be opening.

The roller disco (and film's) title comes from the poem "Kublai Khan" and refers to a province where Khan establishes his pleasure garden but completely ignores the irony of naming a movie about a muse with a notoriously unfinished poem.

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The 1980 movie musical ''Xanadu'' is a story about a frustrated artist named Sonny Malone (Beck) who paints album covers for a living and is unhappy about it. By tossing some of his drawings into the wind, he somehow brings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYWA2c5w5bw a painting on a wall of nine girls to life]] and one of them -- Kira (Newton-John) -- finds and kisses him. Shortly after, he meets Danny [=McGuire=] (Kelly), a former big band leader. The two strike up a friendship and, with encouragement from Kira, make plans to convert an abandoned building (The Pan Pacific Auditorium) into a roller disco. Sonny and Kira, meanwhile, fall in love, with there being the slight complication that she's actually the Greek Muse of Dance and Choral Singing (yes, really) and was only sent to bring Xanadu into creation. Soon, she will have to return home, just as Xanadu will be opening.

The titular roller disco (and film's) disco's title comes from the poem "Kublai Khan" and refers to a province where Khan establishes his pleasure garden but completely ignores garden--never mind the irony of naming a movie about a muse with a notoriously unfinished poem.



!''Xanadu'' contains examples of:

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!''Xanadu'' contains examples of:!Your tropes will shine for you, Xanadu:



* BittersweetEnding: Xanadu the club is a success, but Kira must go back to Mount Olympus.



* JukeboxMusical: The stage musical version is essentially one for the ElectricLightOrchestra, whose leader, JeffLynne, produced most of the music for the film. The stage version adds "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic."

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* JukeboxMusical: The stage musical version is essentially one for the ElectricLightOrchestra, whose leader, JeffLynne, Jeff Lynne, produced most of the music for the film. The stage version adds "Evil Woman" and "Strange Magic."



* SharedUniverse: Implied. Prior to this film, Gene Kelly also played a character named "Danny [=McGuire=]" in the film ''Film/CoverGirl'' (no relation to the cosmetics company). This film is later referenced in ''Down To Earth'' (sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan), which features Rita Hayworth (who was also in ''Film/{{Cover Girl}})'' as "Terpsichore", but uses the name "Kitty" in her Earth form. It should be mentioned that all three of the films in question were released by Columbia, while this movie was released by Universal.
* ShoutOut: Gene Kelly's character has the same name and much of the same backstory as the character he played in the 1944 film ''Film/CoverGirl''; Danny's backstory in Xanadu sounds suspiciously like a version of ''Cover Gir'' without the happy ending.

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* SharedUniverse: Implied. Prior to this film, Gene Kelly also played a character named "Danny [=McGuire=]" in the film ''Film/CoverGirl'' (no relation to the cosmetics company). This film is later referenced in ''Down To Earth'' (sequel to Here ''Here Comes Mr. Jordan), Jordan''), which features Rita Hayworth (who was also in ''Film/{{Cover Girl}})'' as "Terpsichore", but uses the name "Kitty" in her Earth form. form). See "Shout Out" below.
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It should be mentioned that all three of the films in question were released by Columbia, while this movie was released by Universal.
* ShoutOut: Gene Kelly's character has the same name and much of the same backstory as the character he played in the 1944 film ''Film/CoverGirl''; Danny's backstory in Xanadu sounds suspiciously like a version of ''Cover Gir'' Girl'' without the happy ending.



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* TronLinesTronLines: Kira's entrances and exits.
14th Dec '16 12:13:00 AM hack-normal
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What has Olivia Newton-John, Creator/GeneKelly, that guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'', roller skates, lots of glowing blue people, all to an ''Music/ElectricLightOrchestra'' soundtrack?

The 1980 movie musical ''Xanadu'' is a story about a frustrated artist named Sonny Malone (the guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'') who paints album covers for a living and is unhappy about it. By tossing some of his drawings into the wind, he somehow brings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYWA2c5w5bw a painting on a wall of nine girls to life]] and one of them -- Kira -- finds and kisses him. Shortly after, he meets Danny [=McGuire=], a former big band leader. The two strike up a friendship and, with encouragement from Kira, make plans to convert an abandoned building (The Pan Pacific Auditorium) into a roller disco. Sonny and Kira meanwhile fall in love, with there being the slight complication that she's actually the Muse of Dance and Choral Singing (yes, really) and was only sent to bring Xanadu into creation. Soon, she will have to return home, just as Xanadu will be opening.

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What has Olivia Newton-John, Creator/GeneKelly, that guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'', ''Film/TheWarriors'' (AKA Michael Beck), roller skates, lots of glowing blue people, all to an ''Music/ElectricLightOrchestra'' soundtrack?

The 1980 movie musical ''Xanadu'' is a story about a frustrated artist named Sonny Malone (the guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'') (Beck) who paints album covers for a living and is unhappy about it. By tossing some of his drawings into the wind, he somehow brings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYWA2c5w5bw a painting on a wall of nine girls to life]] and one of them -- Kira (Newton-John) -- finds and kisses him. Shortly after, he meets Danny [=McGuire=], [=McGuire=] (Kelly), a former big band leader. The two strike up a friendship and, with encouragement from Kira, make plans to convert an abandoned building (The Pan Pacific Auditorium) into a roller disco. Sonny and Kira meanwhile Kira, meanwhile, fall in love, with there being the slight complication that she's actually the Muse of Dance and Choral Singing (yes, really) and was only sent to bring Xanadu into creation. Soon, she will have to return home, just as Xanadu will be opening.
1st Apr '16 11:17:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* XMeetsY: BigBand + GlamRock = NewWave
27th Mar '16 2:41:58 PM NateTheGreat
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* [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/8240-xanadu And here's]] WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick [[AccentuateTheNegative taking it apart]].

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* [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/8240-xanadu [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmyvr9jydpU And here's]] WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick [[AccentuateTheNegative taking it apart]].
17th Jan '16 8:20:53 PM nombretomado
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* StepThreeProfit: 1) Meld GlamRock and BigBand. 2) ??? 3) Profit with a ''StarlightExpress'' {{Expy}}.

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* StepThreeProfit: 1) Meld GlamRock and BigBand. 2) ??? 3) Profit with a ''StarlightExpress'' ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'' {{Expy}}.
11th Nov '15 2:53:41 PM DragonQuestZ
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What has Olivia Newton-John, Creator/GeneKelly, that guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'', roller skates, lots of glowing blue people, quasi-disco music, and a continuous string of {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s?

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What has Olivia Newton-John, Creator/GeneKelly, that guy from ''Film/TheWarriors'', roller skates, lots of glowing blue people, quasi-disco music, and a continuous string of {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s?
all to an ''Music/ElectricLightOrchestra'' soundtrack?
22nd Oct '15 4:42:56 PM nombretomado
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* MediumShift: An interlude courtesy of DonBluth, his first post-{{Disney}} animation work.

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* MediumShift: An interlude courtesy of DonBluth, his first post-{{Disney}} post-Creator/{{Disney}} animation work.
19th Aug '15 5:45:11 AM AnotherGuy
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* XMeetsY: BigBand + RockAndRoll = GlamRock

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* XMeetsY: BigBand + RockAndRoll GlamRock = GlamRockNewWave
19th Aug '15 5:44:00 AM AnotherGuy
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Added DiffLines:

* XMeetsY: BigBand + RockAndRoll = GlamRock
28th May '15 2:57:22 PM jayoungr
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* SharedUniverse: Implied. Prior to this film, Gene Kelly also played a character named "Danny [=McGuire=]" in the film ''Film/CoverGirl'' (no relation to the cosmetics company). This film is later referenced in ''Down To Earth'' (sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan), which features Rita Hayworth (who was also in ''Film/{{CoverGirl}})'' as "Terpsichore", but uses the name "Kitty" in her Earth form. It should be mentioned that all three of the films in question were released by Columbia, while this movie was released by Universal.

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* SharedUniverse: Implied. Prior to this film, Gene Kelly also played a character named "Danny [=McGuire=]" in the film ''Film/CoverGirl'' (no relation to the cosmetics company). This film is later referenced in ''Down To Earth'' (sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan), which features Rita Hayworth (who was also in ''Film/{{CoverGirl}})'' ''Film/{{Cover Girl}})'' as "Terpsichore", but uses the name "Kitty" in her Earth form. It should be mentioned that all three of the films in question were released by Columbia, while this movie was released by Universal.
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