Flashdance has always been one of my favourite films. It was released in 1983 and was the first collaboration of the producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Many of the sequences are filmed in the style of music videos of the time and this film became a huge influence on other 1980s films such as Top Gun (which became Simpson and Bruckheimer's most famous movie). When Flashdance was first released it gained very bad reviews from film critics, however was incredibly popular with the public and became the third highest grossing film of 1983 in the USA and earned worldwide over $100 million. I think the reason for the success of this film was the glamour that became associated with dancing and the unbelievable soundtrack that is still being played and loved by girls all over the world today. The soundtrack included songs such as 'Maniac' by Michael Sembello and 'What a feeling' by Irene Cara. Again, as with other films I have spoken about in this blog I think it is the set, the makeup and costume design and the lighting and creation of atmosphere that made me find it so interesting. It is an inspirational film because it is such a simple story line, with such a simple set and the film cost very little to produce; however the way it has been put together (lighting, music etc) makes it a very emotional film that has a real feel good factor about it.