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Saturday Night Fever and Yentl 

When: Fri., Aug. 3 2012

The Carolina Theatre's summer film series continues with a pair of musical dramas. First up is one of the all-time hits, 1977's Saturday Night Fever, the film that made John Travolta a superstar. Though mostly remembered for its Bee Gees-filled soundtrack and Travolta's blindingly white suit (which Gene Siskel later purchased), it's a surprisingly dark story of working-class Brooklyn, where glory on the dance floor is a brief respite from the problems of work, family and relationships that wait outside. Yes, Travolta's got some fly moves, and lord knows he can get into those skinny pants, but those who remember the R-rated tale as a disco romp might be in for a rude awakening—and a better film than the camp-fest they might expect.

On the other end of the musical-drama spectrum is Yentl, perhaps the most Jewish-est movie ever made alongside Fiddler on the Roof, The Promise and Hester Street. Director, co-writer and co-producer Barbra Streisand stars as the cross-dressing Talmudic student who, in the words of Homer Simpson, "Puts the 'she' in 'Yeshiva.'" Though dismissed by Isaac Bashevis Singer, whose short story provided the basis for Streisand's passion project, it was a box office success, particularly among very, very hardcore Streisand fans. Admit it, you know the words to "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" Fun fact: Supporting actress Amy Irving was nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie for her role in this film. And Mandy Patinkin's in it! The films run through Aug. 9. —Zack Smith

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