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 »
In this Fosse variation of Fellini's 81/2, Broadway director, Joe Gideon is in the process of casting the chorus and staging the dance numbers for his latest show, starring his ex-wife, in what is largely a vanity project for her. Joe'sstory (which is really Fosse's own) tells his own life story as a philandering womanising artist.Written by
I just saw the movie for the first time since its initial release and was struck by how well it holds up. The casting alone is quite remarkable, the set design is often striking, and the entire roman-a-clef peek inside the life of Bob Fosse remains fascinating.
There are at least two more pieces of "insider" ironic casting that appears to have not been mentioned. One was the casting of Cliff Gorman as the stand-up comedian in the "Lenny"-type movie-within-the-movie (here called "Stand-up"). Gorman originated the part of Lenny Bruce in the original Broadway version of "Lenny," but lost the movie role to Dustin Hoffman.
The other is the casting of Ann Reinking as Gideon's lover. Ann Reinking was Fosse's lover in real life.
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