7 comments on “Sweet Charity (1969)

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  2. Perhaps the real problem is that Bob Fosse was the wrong director for this movie. They should have hired someone more experienced and willing to put his personal touches to Neil Simon’s screenplay.

    • Possibly! Fosse has such a distinct style and always tried to inject a bit of autobiography into his films that it could have hindered his ability to tell Charity’s story. Thanks for reading!

  3. With regards to SWEET CHARITY, for many years I had never seen the entire movie because it did not translate well to the TV screen and it seemed very dated. HOWEVER, last night I attended a 35mm screening of the film in an archival stereo film print that was presented by UCLA FILM ARCHIVES Tribute to costume designer EDITH HEAD and I have to confess that seeing the movie presented on a big screen with a full sized, live classic movie audience made a huge difference and I think Fosse’s dancing is spectacular and though the acting performances are not sophisticated, I did find them endearing. The sets, locations, costume and dance were very impressive as well as the filmmaking style that captured the essence of its late 60’s/early 70’s era. Therefore, I would not be so quick to give it the letter grade of a “D” and after last night would actually give Fosse a “C+”

    What people forget is when someone writes a more or less modern day commentary about any film years after a movie release date, I think in all fairness one has to take into account the era/time in which it was also made.

    • I certainly do my best to judge the context of the time period with modern-day entertainment, and in retrospect I probably judged Sweet Charity harsher because it didn’t dazzle me like All That Jazz, Star 80, or Lenny. I probably should give it a rewatch at some point in time.

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