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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Sweet Charity- A 1969 Musical- Bob Fossee's Directorial Debut with his choreography- Starring Shirley MacLaine

Sweet Charity- A 1969 Musical- Bob Fossee Directorial Debut with his choreography- Starring Shirley MacLaine 

Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse (in his feature directorial debut)

Stars Shirley MacLaine as Charity Hope Valentine, a taxi dancer with a heart of gold who is always looking for love.

Based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn is based on Federico Fellini's 1957 film Nights of Cabiria.

Charity Hope Valentine works as a taxi dancer at the Fandango Ballroom, a rundown dance hall in New York City. Despite her difficult circumstances, Charity remains optimistic and hopeful, always looking for love. She has a series of bad dates with men who take advantage of her, but she never gives up hope.

One day, Charity meets Vittorio Vidal, a famous Italian movie star. She is immediately smitten with him, and he seems to be interested in her as well. However, their relationship is short-lived, and Vittorio leaves Charity heartbroken.

Feeling discouraged, Charity decides to give up on love. However, she soon meets Oscar Lindquist, a shy and reserved man who works as an accountant. Oscar is kind and genuine, and Charity begins to fall in love with him.

Sweet Charity received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the film's performances, music, and choreography, while others criticized its dark tone and lack of humor. However, the film was a box office success, grossing over $20 million at the box office.

Sweet Charity is considered a classic of musical cinema. The film's innovative choreography and iconic songs, such as "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now," have been praised by critics and audiences alike.

I see Sally Bowles and Roxie coming.

 Awards and nominations 

Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Shirley MacLaine)

Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Bob Fosse)


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