Visual Symbolism In 1977’s Saturday Night Fever
The immaculate christ-like figure at supper
Al Pacino father/messiah figure
Woman as the mother/temptress (“good girl” or “cunt” movie dilemma) and her sex as the entrance to the sinful and divine.
Stripper as both accessibility and inaccessibility of sex
Tony Manero as the centerstage god figure
The life of celibacy as the dead of man
The manhattan bridge as the separation of classes and a symbol of hope and aspiration
Sex as the driving force of man
The bandaged Tony Manero as the wounded and resurrected hero
The train as the umbilical cord and womb of isolation
Dawn as the beginning
Handholding as hope and the opportunity for friendship, reconciliation, and healing.
January 31, 2016