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“GREASE”: 40 YEARS OF MUSIC, DANCES, LEATHER AND HAIR GEL

“I got chiiiiiills, they’re multiplying” exclaimed an absorbed John Travolta upon seeing Olivia Newton-John with a cigarette between his lips, squeezed into leather clothe and far from his angelic image, the most iconic moment of the musical “Grease”, all a popular classic 40 years after its premiere.

The success of the film, which was premiered in New York on June 13, 1978, led Paramount Pictures to bet on a sequel, Grease 2, which was received with very negative criticism and to which the public turned its back, but that at least it served to launch the career of Michelle Pfeiffer.

Nominated for the best original song (Hopelessly Devoted to You, included at the last minute by the producers for Newton-John to show off with a ballad), it was the highest-grossing film in 1978 and the one that made Travolta, who premiered Saturday Night Fever a year before, in one of the great stars of Hollywood.

The film, directed by Randal Kleiser (The Blue Lagoon), was based on the Broadway musical that premiered in February 1972 and carried out more than 3,300 performances. A work in which Travolta appeared originally as a substitute for a secondary actor.

The summer ends and also the romance between the handsome Danny (Travolta) and the sweet and fragile Sandy (Newton-John), who must return to his native Australia, but the love between the two lovebirds resurfaces when they meet at the Californian institute Rydell, where the habits of the gangs of which they are part (the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies) will put some obstacles to their happy reunion.

That is the argument of this Californian romance that develops in 1959 and that, as the author Scott Miller considered in his book Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll and Musicals, proposed a whole revolutionary story for that time, subverting the topics of the gender and daring to touch sensitive topics such as sex and defiance.

Los Angeles continues to receive year after year the arrival of tourists in whose plans do not miss the visit to the beaches of Leo Carrillo State, where the scenes of the incipient romance between Danny and Sandy were filmed, and the Venice High School, which served as a location for the exteriors of the Rydell Institute. (June 15, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...  
A
ha pasado más de medio siglo desde que se estrenó el musical 'Grease'.
B
se cumplen cuatro décadas del estreno de un conocido musical.
C
se va a hacer una nueva versión del musical 'Grease'.
Question 2
Según el texto...    
A
'Grease' tuvo mucho éxito cuando se estrenó.
B
la película 'Grease' a penas tuvo éxito cuando se estrenó.
C
todas las películas sobre 'Grease' fueron un éxito.
Question 3
'Grease' fue la película más taquillera de 1978.  
A
Es verdad.
B
¡Imposible saberlo!
C
Para nada.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...  
A
ningún actor obtuvo un gran reconocimiento gracias al éxito de 'Grease'.
B
John Travolta ya era una gran estrella de Hollywood antes de que se estrenara 'Grease'.
C
el éxito de 'Grease' sirvió para que John Travolta se convirtiera en una gran estrella de Hollywood.
Question 5
El musical 'Grease' aborda temas que eran controvertidos en su época.  
A
En absoluto.
B
Claro que sí.
C
No se sabe.
Question 6
En el vídeo se habla...  
A
de la influencia que ha tenido 'Grease' en la sociedad.
B
de un espectáculo que está basado en 'Grease'.
C
de un documental sobre el musical 'Grease'.
Question 7
Según el vídeo, la banda sonora de este musical...  
A
tiene temas que ya son clásicos.
B
no tiene ningún tema que se haya convertido en un clásico.
C
es poco conocida por el público.
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