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Fosse In Film: Sweet Charity
1 Dec 2019
Sweet Charity is a much-loved musical comedy based on Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957). It began life as a stage show directed by Fosse and some say he created it for his wife and dance partner, the legendary Gwen Verdon who played the lead on stage and embodied the character of Charity Hope Valentine.
As a film it was a flop on release but now has almost cult status, particularly with Fosse fans and dance professionals. It was his first foray into film directing, some say its filming style was naiive, wasteful and over shot but Fosse was an amateur perfectionist who wanted as much content as possible in order to edit and cut to his heart’s content. Sweet Charity won no awards, only nominations.
The film has big music numbers including ‘Big Spender’, ‘Rhythym of Life’ and ‘If They Could See Me Now’. Shirley Maclaine as the charming lead is endearing, vulnerable and slightly bedraggled. It has some of Fosses most well known dance sequences including ‘Rich Mans Frug’ and ‘Big Spender’.
Fosse in Film: Mashiya Presents is screening five Bob Fosse films (Sweet Charity, Lenny, Cabaret, Liza with a Z and All That Jazz) to demonstrate and celebrate the breadth and skill of Fosse’s directing and choreography in film. The films will be shown as part of Scalarama Festival Leeds 2019 with funding from Leeds Inspired and support from key Leeds partners including Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Film and Northern School for Contemporary Dance.
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1969 PG 149m
Dir & Choreographed by Bob Fosse; Prod Robert Arthur; Screenplay by Peter Stone; Music by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Starring: Shirley Maclaine
Genre: Musical Comedy-Drama
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
Tickets will be available directly from the venue online in August 2019, or you can buy tickets on the door.
Level access is available to the stalls via the Brudenell Road fire exit. There are four wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. Sadly at this time our toilets are not accessible via wheelchair.
- Wheelchair access
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