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Film, Sun 1 Dec 2019

Fosse In Film: Sweet Charity

Fosse In Film: Sweet Charity


Sweet Charity is a much-loved musical comedy based on Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria (1957). It began life as a stage show directed by Fosse and some say he created it for his wife and dance partner, the legendary Gwen Verdon who played the lead on stage and embodied the character of Charity Hope Valentine.

As a film it was a flop on release but now has almost cult status, particularly with Fosse fans and dance professionals. It was his first foray into film directing, some say its filming style was naiive, wasteful and over shot but Fosse was an amateur perfectionist who wanted as much content as possible in order to edit and cut to his heart’s content. Sweet Charity won no awards, only nominations.

The film has big music numbers including ‘Big Spender’, ‘Rhythym of Life’ and ‘If They Could See Me Now’. Shirley Maclaine as the charming lead is endearing, vulnerable and slightly bedraggled. It has some of Fosses most well known dance sequences including ‘Rich Mans Frug’ and ‘Big Spender’.

Fosse in Film: Mashiya Presents is screening five Bob Fosse films (Sweet Charity, Lenny, Cabaret, Liza with a Z and All That Jazz) to demonstrate and celebrate the breadth and skill of Fosse’s directing and choreography in film. The films will be shown as part of Scalarama Festival Leeds 2019 with funding from Leeds Inspired and support from key Leeds partners including Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Film and Northern School for Contemporary Dance.

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1969 PG 149m
Dir & Choreographed by Bob Fosse; Prod Robert Arthur; Screenplay by Peter Stone; Music by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Starring: Shirley Maclaine
Genre: Musical Comedy-Drama

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Sun 1 Dec 2019 00:00 to 00:00


Tickets will be available directly from the venue online in August 2019, or you can buy tickets on the door.

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    Hyde Park Picture House


    Brudenell Road,
    LS6 1JD



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    Map reference: SE 283351  Lat: 53.81143 Long: -1.57168

    By Car
    From the city centre: Follow signs for A660 to Skipton (which after about a mile turns into Woodhouse Land). From north Leeds: Follow signs to A660 (Otley Road), Hyde Park is in between Headingley and Leeds city centre.

    By Bus
    From the city centre: The 56 runs frequently and stops right outside the cinema. Alternatively take the 1, 28, 95, 96, 97 or 97A and get off at Hyde Park Corner. Or thake the 18 or 18A and get off at Cardigan Road.

    By Train
    Take the train to Burley Park Station and take the Cardigan Road exit then follow directions to the cinema.

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station


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