Bob Fosse remakes 8 1/2, reclaiming rich-and-famous visually grandiose navel-gazing in the name of America, where it belongs. The film's triumph, aside from the style of every shot, is how it can portray show business as so rough and unsentimental yet so seductive at the same time. It's always a bad sign when the songs in a musical feel like they get in the way, but Jessica Lange can be my angel of death.
Bob Fosse uses a musical drama framework to tell a stylised version of his own life, warts and all. It's odd, sometimes overindulgent, full of great performances (with Roy Scheider superb in the lead role), and moves on from a slow, slightly muddled, start to become something quite spectacular. The finale alone makes this a worthwhile watch, but there are many other highlights to enjoy.
Incredible musical thats as heart aching as it is sexy. An impossible tone of impending doom and showmanship. Great songs, Fantastic performances and just an overall vibe that you shouldn't get mixing this subject matter with this genre. Amazing film. Highly recommend.
From the opening audition piece, to the final scenes, THIS film is genius. Awesome dance, awesome music, and the acting! Sometimes a musical just doesn't manage to have it all, THIS does. I implore anyone who hasn't seen it, to sit down, pour yourself a drink, or any other indulgences, and...Showtime Folks...!!! I re-visit this film at least twice a year, and it never fails to inspire and lift me. JOY.
Sort of Fellini's, but a very personal delirium by Fosse. Of course you have decadent man, full of sex and dream fantasies (remembering 8 1/2), but all that gags and jokes in that movie that he is trying to assemble (came from Leny), the dancing and singing (came from Cabaret). Unfortunately, Fosse made too it bureslec and the film can't breathe (rehearsal, family, hospital, film, dream).
Smart, sexy, dark and dangerous. I saw this movie in college when I was in the film club. We showed it twice Saturday and Sunday and it sold out all four times. One of the guys in my dorm saw all 4 showings. It has an amazing set of performances. Roy had to audition, but he had done singing and dancing earlier in his career. Easily his finest performance. He was Broadway trained, BTW.