Fosse takes what most half-assed directors would churn into a made-for-TV movie (and I think one did with this story before) and creates a very fascinating study of a man's obsession and his insecurities regarding the object of his dwindling affections, and that object's emotions regarding her objectification, all with a fine balance of style and psychological exploration.
Easily have been another muckraking melodrama, but director Bob Fosse has masterfully crafted a fascinating character study with sharp and inventive writing and editing. Great performances - Eric Roberts is excellent. The music and fashions are incredibly dated, but it is trying to comment on a specific era. A somewhat forgotten film worth seeking out.
Eric Roberts' landmark performance elevates this film from something merely good into something special. I'm not normally one to complain like this, but how he was not at the very least nominated for an Oscar for this is beyond me!
Streamed this on netflix this morning. Pretty excellent. I'd wanted to see it since Tom Green brought it up to Eric Roberts on his internet TV show a few years back. I found some fault with the cutting. It seemed to disregard Roberts' incredible performance. Otherwise awesome. Some exceptional crazy-acting by Roberts in this one.