Robert Louis ‘Bob’ Fosse was the only films-theater personality to win all the three major awards (Oscar, Emmy and Tony) in the same year. He choreographed his first film-dance in ‘Hold Everything! A Streamlined Extravaganza in Two Parts’ (1943).
Fosse then performed on TV-shows ‘Your Hit Parade’ (1950-1951) and ‘The Colgate Comedy Hour’ (1951). His first few film appearances came in 1953 in ‘The Affairs of Dobie Gillis,’ ‘Give a Girl a Break,’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate.’ He also appeared in the comedy-musical film ‘My Sister Eileen’ (1955).
Fosse was the choreographer for the film version of musicals ‘The Pajama Game’ (1957), and ‘Damn Yankees’ (1958), with a dance number in the latter.
Fosse’s next directorial venture was the film adaption of the musical ‘Cabaret’ (1972), which won high critical acclaim and also won 8 Academy Awards, including the ‘Best Director’ for Fosse. He received ‘Emmy Award for Best Director and Choreographer’ for the TV-special ‘Liza with a Z’ (1972).
Thereafter, Fosse directed comedian Lenny Bruce’s biopic, ‘Lenny’ (1974), which earned him several nominations. In the fantasy-musical film ‘The Little Prince’ (1974), Fosse appeared in a skillful dance, and played a small part in the comedy-film ‘Thieves’ (1977).
Fosse was the co-writer and director of the Academy Award-winning semi-autobiographical film ‘All That Jazz’ (1979), which fetched him his 3rd Oscar nomination for ‘Best Director.’ At the 1980 ‘Cannes Film Festival,’ the film earned the ‘Palme d’Or.’
The story depicts Sally Bowels, a well-known character created by Christopher Isherwood, as a young American cabaret singer in 1931 Berlin. The plot thickens when a young British academic arrives at her boardinghouse. The film, which has won numerous distinguished awards including eight Oscars, focuses as much on their relationship as on rising Nazism of that time.
Lenny is a biographical comedy drama film which tells the story of an American stand-up comedian and social-critic Lenny Bruce, whose style and social commentary was deemed by the establishment as too obscene for the general public.
Kiss Me Kate is a romantic comedy musical film which tells the story of Fred and Lilly, a divorced pair of actors who are brought together for a musical version of the Shakespearean play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Things get complicated when a quarrel breaks out between them on the opening night, which threatens the entire production.
This 6 Academy Awards-winning film, an adaption of the Broadway musical Chicago, revolves around jailed murderesses Velma Kelly, a nightclub performer, and Roxie Hart, a starry-eyed housewife. Velma killed her husband and sister for cheating, while Roxie murdered her boyfriend for his false promises of stardom. Represented by same smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, both compete for fame, publicity and attention of Flynn.
Paul Snider is a small-time hustler, who stumbles upon a naïve but beautiful high school senior named Dorothy. He immediately falls for her, and he also feels that she can become a model for the Playboy magazine. Over time, his dreams come true, as Dorothy not only becomes his wife, but she also becomes the Playboy Playmate twice. She eventually decides to pursue an acting career, after which she attracts several rich and influential men. Paul begins to get more and more jealous as well as obsessive, and soon his mental state begins to decline.
When the lead star walks out, the director and choreographer of a new Broadway musical begins a frantic search for a replacement. Three names come up, Joanna, Suzy and Madelyn. Although the first two are newcomers they do well at audition. But the director prefers the third, his ex, and a former starlet. Who will get the part?
Dobie Gillis is a student at Grainbelt University. He finds himself attracted to a fellow student named Pansy, but the problem is that her father only wants her to study and work, although Dobie and his friends only love to have fun. After an incident where the chemistry lab is blown up, Pansy is sent to another school, and Dobie tries to find a way to get her back to Grainbelt.
Based on a Broadway play of the same name, this comedy drama film revolves around a couple in New York, Martin, a school principal, and Sally, a school teacher, who are in their 30s. They face all kinds of emotional problems, and eventually Sally, decides to file for divorce, and leaves the house to stay with a friend.
Bob Fosse Awards
|Liza with a Z||Outstanding Single Program - Variety and Popular Music||1973|
|Liza with a Z||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music||1973|
|Liza with a Z||Outstanding Achievement in Choreography||1973|