Bob Fosse

I am not quite done with the dance films, so it’s natural to enter the world of Bob Fosse this week and finally watch some films I have had on my to-watch list forever.

Sweet Charity (1969)
Hands down the best dance sequences I have ever seen. Maybe a tad overlong, but so much energy and creativity is on display, that I can’t really complain. Loved it!
Nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Music-Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) in 1970.

The Little Prince (1974)
A weird little film, with some fun and creative sequences. On a whole, the film kind of stumbles with a choppy flow, but Bob Fosse as a snake, Gene Wilder as a snake and that weird accounting planet makes up for it. Fascinating to see how much of Michael Jackson’s moves came from Bob Fosse in this film.
Nominated for Best Music, Original Song for “Little Prince”, Best Music-Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation in 1975.

Chicago (2002)
What an infuriating watch. Not my cup of tea at all. It reminded me of Moulin Rouge (also a film I cannot stand). Exhaustingly manic, over the top, and really annoying. And really bland dance choreography (credited as done in the style of Bob Fosse). Maybe it’s just me. It’s probably just me.
Winner of Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound in 2003. Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Renée Zellweger), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John C. Reilly), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Queen Latifah), Best Director, Best Writing-Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music-Original Song for “I Move On”.

Lenny (1974)
Tight storytelling, great performances, nice cinematography and solid editing. What’s not to like? A bit of a slow start maybe, but it really hooked me around the 45 minute mark and didn’t let go.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Dustin Hoffman), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Valerie Perrine), Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay Adapted From Other Material, Best Cinematography in 1975.

Cabaret (1972)
Not the film I expected, and in a good way. For some reason I thought the movie was going to be a standard bland fair with clichéed bad guys or unrelatable drama or things like that, but luckily I had the wrong impression. The film takes the time to make you get under the skin of the characters and it is so engaging you can almost smell the surroundings.
Winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role (Liza Minnelli), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Grey), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Music-Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation in 1973. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Writing-Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

All That Jazz (1979)
I’m glad I watched all of the films leading up to this as I think it makes it a more rewarding watch. Really creative storytelling and the film editing is amazing. It really grips you from the first second and never let’s you go.
Winner of Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Music-Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score in 1980. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Roy Scheider), Best Director, Best Writing-Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best Cinematography.

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