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Dim All The Lights: Disco And The Movies

August 5 to August 11

The world theatrical premiere of Derek Jarman’s Will You Dance With Me? at Metrograph occasions this series, a wide assortment of features and shorts that are about disco, some more explicitly than others. Though the musical idioms heard in Jarman’s 1984 chronicle are technically post-disco, the film highlights the key motif in the retrospective: the joys of the dance floor, especially during the 1970s, a decade that saw advancements—and retreats—for feminism, civil rights, and especially LGBT liberation. The titles in this by-no-means-exhaustive program largely celebrate disco’s utopian promise, though a few use it as the sonic backdrop to stories of unease and anguish.

Curated by Melissa Anderson and Amélie Garin-Davet. Special thanks to Colin Beckett, Leah Gilliam, and Ed Halter.

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