I had previously written about the end of film in regards to the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, but after reading John Kenneth Muir’s brilliant “The Five Most Ludicrous Musical Numbers in Movie History” I now know I was wrong. This happened long before with Staying Alive (1983).
And Muir quotes David Denby’s review of the film, which is awesome:
This is no ordinary terrible movie; it’s a vision of the end. Not the end of the world, which will probably be much quieter than Staying Alive, but the end of movies…As you watch it, the idea of what a movie is – an idea that has lasted more than half-a-century – crumbles before your eyes. (New York Magazine, August 1, 1983, page 54).
And here is the final dance sequence, enjoy this horror show:
Long live schlock!