Love, Twitter: Xanadu Edition

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Love, Twitter.

It seems that every day, somewhere in the world, Xanadu (1980) — that schlocky roller-disco movie starring Olivia Newton-John and a 68-year-old Gene Kelly — is on someone’s television. We’re not saying this is a good thing (have you seen Xanadu?!), but it is nice to see some viewers tweeting about it.

Below the pics, check out what the latest Xanadu-watchers had to say, and hey, feel free to comment in the process. With whose tweets do you agree/disagree? For example, did Gene Kelly wanna kick his agent’s ass for this one? Or is Xanadu “worth the rental fee”?

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  • Kay Lhota

    I've always had a soft spot for "Xanadu." I'll admit right at the first that it isn't a great movie. I can't imagine how the male lead who can't act, sing or dance got such a terrific break. After I first saw the movie back in 1980 with my cousin, she pegged it as a film targeted for the tweener audience. I also remember when the first number in the film "I'm Alive" began with the 9 woman coming to life in the mural and dancing out of the picture, I must have been the only person in the theater to realize that they represented the Muses. An hour into the movie Kira told Sonny that she was a Muse.

    Gene Kelly gave the movie a sentimental hook and a warm charm that "Xanadu" desperately needed. The duet between Olivia Newton-John and he was my favorite in the film, although the big band arrangement sounded far too contempory for the 40's sound that they were going for.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kay! I completely understand your reading of Xanadu, specifically that Gene "gives the movie a sentimental hook and a warm charm." Although this is definitely NOT his best or most memorable role (by far!!), it makes sense that his fans would root for him nonetheless.

  • James

    This bit from one of Olivia’s TV specials with Gene was a lot of fun too!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg-0Ye6sX64