Here’s another tip from a Chilean friend. In 1980, two different things were at the height of their powers: the Pinochet dictatorship and disco music. And what do brutal dictatorships like to do to distract people from their atrocities? Well, maybe create a variety show set on a restaurant atop of a hill, fill it up with stiff guys in bad suits, broadcast it through the national TV network, and and spend a lot of money to bring a flashy, “exotic” Jamaican supermodel-turned-singer to act all loca while she does playback of some of her hits.
Fetishism of the exotic! Bad haircuts! Terrible dancers from the audience! Fake fainting from the diva! A Chilean Serpico double trying to seduce her! And the neverending question of who is exploiting who! It’s all in here!