Sing Out, Sister: Broadway Musicals Through a Hollywood Lens- Sweet Charity, 1969
Filmmakers have always turned to Broadway for inspiration and story ideas. And producing song and dance numbers for film is as old as sound recording on film itself – beginning with the movie The Jazz Singer in 1927. Fresh City Life takes a fresh look at four classic films – all stage hits interpreted by Hollywood for mass film audiences.
Directed by Bob Fosse. Starring Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera. Sweet Charity was Bob Fosse’s memorable directorial; the film is a redux of the Broadway hit that won nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1966. The original story is lifted from the Fellini film, The Nights of Cabiria. In Fellini’s films, the main character is a prostitute – in Sweet Charity, she is a taxi dancer – a woman who dances with strangers for money. But the story is the same: Sweet Charity is aptly subtitled, “The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted To Be Loved.” Add in thoughtful Cy Coleman music and choreography by Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and you have a film/musical experience like no other. 149 minutes. Not rated.
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