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Living In: Flashdance

by Maxwell Tielman

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Some of the best things, in my opinion, are underrated. Case in point: the epic, jaw-droppingly over-the-top camp classic Flashdance. When this precursor to all the dance movies of recent years hit the big screen in 1983, it was almost universally panned by critics, written off as brainless, overly-glitzy Hollywood dreck. The film, set in a rugged-looking Pittsburgh, follows a spunky young woman named Alex who—between working in a dingy steel mill by day and dancing at a seedy cabaret by night—has big dreams of becoming an acclaimed ballet dancer. Despite the film’s admittedly hackneyed plot, it packs enough punch, both visually and musically (you can’t beat those dance numbers!) to make up for it. [Its set decoration and costume design, it should also be noted, are creepily prophetic: 1980s Pittsburgh or 2014 Williamsburg, Brooklyn? Apparently indistinguishable!] Although the film garnered abysmal reviews from the critics, its unexpectedly high box-office success, countless references throughout pop culture, and 2008 stage adaptation prove that Flashdance has indeed had the last laugh. —Max

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Film: Flashdance

Year: 1983

Director: Adrian Lyne

Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri

Production Design: Charles Rosen

Set Decoration: Marvin March

Costume Design: Michael Kaplan

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