Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »
Liza Minnelli stars in a television concert directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. She performs such songs as the title number, "Liza with a 'Z'" and "Son of a Preacher Man". The concert ... See full summary »
Paul Robaix is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell, a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly, but he doesn't want his wife to play the ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson
1896, Montmartre: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her night club. Her employees use their female... See full summary »
American Anna Vorontosov teaches in a rural school on New Zealand's North Island. Her class of younger students is comprised largely of Maoris. She feels that western methods are not the ... See full summary »
Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it. Written by
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In the "Aloof" movement of "The Rich Man's Frug," two of the male principal dancers walk down the stairs to light a woman's cigarette, while the others dance behind them. The background choreography in this shot leads directly to the triangle formation of the next shot, and the two men are now in the middle of the group, although there was no time for them to reach that position. See more »
Fosse's stage production was/is wonderful, but his movie is simply spectacular. He brings to the screen everything he had to leave out for the stage. As "Charity" is based on Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, the result is truly groundbreaking. The sets, scenery, NY locations, costumes, hair, all contribute to demonstrate the bizarre culture of the late '60s. The movie succeeds on many more levels than the stage version. This is not a filmed stage performance, it is every bit a true movie. Shirley MacLaine gives the performance of her career. Her other landmark roles pale in comparison to Charity. Unfortunately, Universal Studios panicked when the film met with some initial negative reaction and the movie was cut, re-edited and even given a different ending. Fosse's gift to the world was his intensely personal artistic integrity. It was impossible for him to be dispassionate in his creations and he must have taken "Charity's" reputation as a failure very personally. Thankfully his original version has been wonderfully preserved for DVD. Now "Sweet Charity" can take it's rightful place in the movie musical hall of fame.
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