I've seen a lot of movies lately that tackle the topic of the drive that comes with the want to create art and the issues that arrive and ensnare the artist on his quest for that creation, or performance. The others didn't get as meta about it as this one does. Stepping out of itself in more than one way, it also immerses itself in the world of performance art, and performance in it's own right, just as much.
Did I miss something? This is pretty terrible and seriously dated. A mix of obnoxiousness, embarrassing 70s sexism, smug self-aggrandisement, sentimentality and cheesy, kitsch dance routines. And those are the good parts...If you're gonna tell a story about a talented asshole, you at least need to persuade me of said asshole's talent. This failed.
Great study of the flawed, drug addled hedonistic showman. This is not your run of the mill musical...quite heavy going in parts. The dance/music Bob Fosse routines are excellent although the last one doesn't quite seem to fit with the rest of the piece. Excellent acting all round but Roy Scheider steals it. He's brilliant as always.
loved it but way more heavy duty than i could have realised. wanted some light relief away from news of bowie dying...so watching a film about a drug taking women adored creative genius who dies thru his own excesses whilst producing his best work mebbe wasnt the best escape tool after all but what a film!
A phantasmagoric accounting of an artist's life. Fosse working at the peak of his cinematic powers. Scheider, Reinking and Vereen are all on point and incendiary in their various roles. The camera work, editing, music and choreography create a fevered dream. Fosse gives us his tortured past, a frenzied present and an inescapably doomed future. Fosse bares his soul and goes out dancing. A director cooking with gas!
"Let me take you inside my world. Let me take you inside my soul, up to my guts. Let me show you that my life is a show, I am a show. And it's a "show time"..." Feels like that. When it it is honest it feels a bit tragic, when it is still a show it feels even more tragical but captivating!