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Heavenly Bodies (1984)

Eighties fads and fashions — including leg warmers, spandex and jazzercise — take center stage in this Canadian cult favorite. Made on the heels of Flashdance (1983), the film tells of three office workers who found their own exercise studio. When one of them (Cynthia Dale) beats out a rival club’s owner for a local TV series, the conflict escalates until the two businesses face off in an on-air dancercise marathon set to a soundtrack of Bonnie Pointer, The Tubes and Sparks. Critics dismissed the film as “the world’s longest music video” or just so much “Canuxploitation” (Dale had starred in the 1981 Canadian slasher My Bloody Valentine), but for its devoted fans, those are reasons to keep on (re)watching. 

d. Lawrence Dane, 90m, 35mm