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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.

1970, Hollywood Classics, 120 min, USA, Dir: William Friedkin

Director William Friedkin’s breakthrough film (and one of the first Hollywood films with an all-gay theme), BOYS IN THE BAND is a scathingly funny bitch-fest swirling around nine gay men who gather for the birthday party of Harold (Leonard Frey), a self-described "32-year-old, ugly, pockmarked Jew fairy." Friedkin adapted Mart Crowley’s landmark Off-Broadway play with a stunning sureness of control - almost the entire film is set in a single room, and Friedkin slowly, brilliantly transforms the space into a battlefield of fierce pride and wounded emotions. With Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill.

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