Sweeping all the box offices in the world; This is how Randal Kleiser’s masterpiece was presented a June 16, 1978; a story based on a Broadway musical that had premiered on Valentine’s Day 1972, receiving much criticism and not being fully accepted by the general public.
It is true that the film has not managed to win any of the great prizes in the world of cinema, but it has been, and is, a worldwide success; its collection is estimated at about 400 million euros. “I wish I knew the secret of Grease, because then I would have made another movie,” the actress and singer Olivia Newton-John confessed with laughter in an interview with EFE.
Despite the fact that the film represents the 1950s in the United States, the film was shot 20 years later, under the name of Grease, winking at the toupees and gummed hair of the time.
Randal Kleiser, key piece
The prestige that the film has earned over time is fully attributed to its director Randal Kleiser, he knew how to capture taboo or underrepresented themes in the same film, then, on the big screen such as drugs, sex or the rebellion transmitted by the youth of that time.
I wish I knew the secret of Grease, because then I would have made another movie
A combination of concerns of society perfectly oiled, to give a simply brilliant result. “Everyone identifies with people in the movie: they went to high school with someone just like that. That’s what I’ve been able to collect because I’ve been trying for years to figure out what magic is. I do not know, but I am very happy to have been involved in it, “added the actress.
It was based on the fact that the film did not have enough arguments to succeed, but quite the opposite: the plot was not elaborate, most of the actors were older than the character they represented; But the director managed to find the right key, creating an energetic film, with songs and choreographies that spread joy, all accompanied by a great love story between two young high school boys who wanted to represent a generation. ‘It seems to be the magic ingredient in that movie. The music, the dancing, the cast, the 1950s, the way Randal Kleiser gave it that vintage look so vivid it almost looks like a cartoon… It’s so vibrant, “added Newton-John.
The true soul of the film
The heart of the film beats to the sound of its two representative characters, two figures that stand out above the rest: Jhon Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The one from New Jersey, just 23 years old, reached 1978 as an absolute winner a year earlier thanks to his role as Tony Manero in Saturday night Fever (Oscar nomination included), so much was expected of his performance, and it was not for less. Travolta perfectly demonstrated his versatility on the big screen, showing the most versatile registers: from his good taste for dance, to the solvency shown with the humorous register, passing through his solvency and freshness in any situation. “This performance changed our lives,” John Travolta confessed in an interview, alluding to his co-star.
For her part, Olivia Newton-John arrived without much conviction to the interpretation of her role, since she wanted to focus her professional career on music (she had represented the United Kingdom at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest) and believed that performances like that of Grease they didn’t fit his style. But it was John himself who seduced her and earned her trust, creating a chemistry between them that exceeded all expectations. “I couldn’t have made the movie if I hadn’t met John, I wasn’t sure I was going to do it. He convinced me ”, revealed the interpreter during a gala in Los Angeles.
Walk to the rhythm of rock’n’roll
No doubt that the soundtrack of Grease it has earned the recognition and respect of the music industry around the world; who has not ever hummed any of his songs. But it is surprising that none of them managed to win any important prize in the world of cinema; the closest they got to the golden Oscar statuette was the song’s nomination Hopelessly devoted to you, which was not the winner in the end. But this shows that success should not be attributed solely and exclusively to awards; without going any further the song You’re the One That I Want It was No. 1 in the United States and the United Kingdom and has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling soundtrack albums of all time.
The musical was able to achieve what very few films have achieved: surprise and conquer several generations. To this day, the city of Los Angeles continues to fill with tourists in search of a photo at the Venice High School or on the beaches of Leo Carrillo State, locations in the film. We are talking about a movie that 45 years after its premiere, continues to cause great sensations.