STAR 80
1983, Warner Bros., 103 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

Director Bob Fosse’s final film is based on the true story of Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), a Vancouver high school senior romanced by local promoter/pimp Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, in a career-best performance). Groomed as a Playboy model, Stratten becomes Playmate of the Year and is poised for a mainstream film career - but possessive husband Snider can’t bear to see her succeed without him. Co-starring Cliff Robertson as Hugh Hefner and Carroll Baker (BABY DOLL) as Stratten’s mother.


CABARET
1972, Warner Bros., 123 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

In decadent 1930s Berlin, impulsive and morally liberal agent provocateur Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets the scholarly and handsome Bryan (Michael York) and the two develop an intimate relationship while unknowingly sharing a bisexual lover. Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Director, Actress and Supporting Actor (Joel Grey, as the Kit Kat Klub's reptilian Master of Ceremonies).


ALL THAT JAZZ
1979, 20th Century Fox, 123 min, USA, Dir: Bob Fosse

This intense, compelling musical based on the life of its director-choreographer-screenwriter, Bob Fosse, won the Palme D’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Roy Scheider was Oscar-nominated for his performance (the film earned 9 nominations and 4 wins) as an obsessed, womanizing, pill-popping, chain-smoking Broadway choreographer and director who pays the ultimate price for his insane, creative lifestyle; kudos go to Ann Reinking playing his patient mistress. The movie probably has the only musical number set during open-heart surgery. With Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman, Ben Vereen.


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