This June, the IFI celebrates the work of director Bob Fosse with a retrospective of his films. Starting as a dancer heavily inspired by Fred Astaire and vaudeville performers, Fosse went on to become an influential figure in musical theatre and film. Known for his signature dance choreography featuring isolated hands and hips, curved shoulders, turned-in knees and the use of props, Fosse approached directing with the same attention to detail. He also brought an insatiable desire for perfection, which he shared with creative collaborator Gwen Verdon, and a preference towards darker or grittier themes.
Only a few years after his first film Sweet Charity (1969), he made history in 1973 as the first individual to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony in the same year, winning the Best Director Oscar for Cabaret. Seven other Oscars were given to Cabaret that year, which still holds the record for most Oscars won by a film that did not win Best Picture. He directed three more films before his death in 1987: Lenny starring Dustin Hoffman about comedian Lenny Bruce; the semi-autobiographical and revealing All That Jazz starring Roy Scheider; and Star 80, about the life of Dorothy Stratten, starring Mariel Hemingway.
Season notes by Saidhbh Ní Dhúlaing.
All screenings in-cinema at the IFI only.
5 for €50 season pass is available from the IFI Box Office.
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: SHALL WE DANCE?
BEAU IS AFRAID
CONTEMPT | LE MÉPRIS
18.30 (French Film Club)
PAUL NEWMAN: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS
THELMA & LOUISE
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council