As one of the most celebrated personalities in the film industry, Brad Pitt doesn’t just impact fans through his works but also through his opinions about cinema. Pitt’s filmography is a unique combination of critically acclaimed masterpieces and commercial successes, having collaborated with immensely talented directors such as Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, and Terrence Malick. Due to his versatility, the actor has the experience to consider the evolution of the industry.
Pitt has continued to work on intriguing cinematic projects despite his recent announcement that he would be focusing on his role as a producer rather than an actor. After starring in Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s epic love letter to Hollywood, Brad Pitt is poised to star in an upcoming Formula One film directed by Joseph Kosinski. Due to the production’s suspension in support of the SAG-AFTRA strikes, release information has not yet been made public.
Pitt’s dedication to his profession is unquestionably a result of his childhood affection and passion for cinema. During an interview with NPR, the actor was asked about the films that have had the greatest impact on him and become his favorites after such a lengthy career in Hollywood. In addition to seminal jewels such as Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, he named his favourite John Travolta film.
Reflecting on the films that introduced him to the magic of cinema during his formative years, Pitt cited the iconic 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta as a significant influence on his early passion for the medium. He explained, “As a child, I adored Saturday Night Fever. I could not believe people spoke in such a manner. It was an entirely foreign culture that I did not comprehend. I sneaked inside. It was a film rated R. Therefore, it possesses a unique place.”
In John Badham’s cherished dance drama, Travolta portrays Tony Manero, a young man who attempts to escape the harsh socioeconomic realities that govern his miserable life by practicing his dance moves at a local disco. Before Saturday Night Fever, Travolta began to gain recognition for his television performances, but this was the project that completely transformed his career and made him a national icon.
During an interview, Travolta discussed the film’s treatment of racial tension and racism, stating, “I think the screenplay realistically depicts the Italian-American community’s attitude toward minorities, but what I hope the audience will remember is that the character overcomes his racism by the end of the film.”