The Secret Disco Revolution
The Secret Disco Revolution (2013)

The disco era, long dismissed as a time of hedonistic excess, has been gravely misunderstood. Revisionist historians now argue the era was in fact an important time of protest: liberating gays, blacks and women. THE SECRET DISCO REVOLUTION… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 28, 2013
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Kyle Smith
New York Post

"The Secret Disco Revolution" laughably fails to turn Barry White and Donna Summer into the Che Guevara and Emma Goldman of the dance floor.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

With the right group of friends and the right amount to drink it could be a rowdy good time. Without intoxicants, it's a gimmicky joke that drags on too long.

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Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

While there is plenty of interest in Kastner's documentary, anybody with more than a passing knowledge of the disco era will know most of it already.

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David DeWitt
New York Times

Faddish taste may be interesting for some, but for others it will devolve into the banal, as cultural history as well as entertainment.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The movie feels like a flakey, off-the-cuff blog post that somehow transmogrified itself into a feature-length documentary.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

It's a thorough but strained attempt to be provocative.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The veil is lifted on this secret movement, one that everyone else thought was just about dancing and doing coke.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

"The Secret Disco Revolution," claims that the steady "four on the floor" beat was the reason for the liberation of gays, African Americans and women. And oddly, in a blend of humorous and dead serious storytelling, director James Kastner makes his case.

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Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Much will be familiar, though this is the first time I've heard that the original discotheques came about in France under the Nazi Occupation.

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