Violinist/conductor Leonard Bernstein (Michael Cerveris) brings his vision of a symphonic concert to Broadway, and it's a hit - despite the fact that he's never performed musical theater before, hasn't played the score in years, and can't read the music. Bernstein's musical capabilities include his capacity for euphoric dreaminess, including his ability to completely disregard the events of the day and daydream his way out of trouble. Fosse uses the nervous energy of the audience (which fills the theater until long after curtain) to make the story and music complete. Fosse also combines a three-hankie sensibility with a frenetic energy, making for a ride that's totally gripping.
In 2016, DiCaprio starred in a contemporary adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. He played Jay Gatsby, a wealthy young man who loses everything he owns after being seduced by a young woman and joining a mysterious group of high society materialists. It is based on the novel that is set in the Roaring Twenties and is a story of the American Dream.
Fosse's non-musical features include a fascinating character study of a womanizer named Tony (Robert Redford, channeling Fosse, from the director's Italian days) and a tour de force of a mediumistic table read with four actors (Patricia Hayes, Sean Penn, Lili Taylor, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) reading a script written by the likes of Fosse, Woody Allen and Tennessee Williams. What Fosse is best known for, however, is his off-stage brilliance: The detailed pre-shoot choreography and on-set direction in Bob are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The editing in Bob is also a tour de force. Fosse's timing is meticulous - the dance numbers are edited with the precision of an air-traffic controller. He intercuts the film's many, many musical numbers with a series of non-musical, poignant vignettes. The exquisitely edited montage of the film is sublime, and serves both as a metaphor for the showbiz life and as a reward for all the work that goes into it. Bob Fosse died in 1987. The film premiered at the 1989 Venice Film Festival. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Albert Wolsky, Carol Brooks and Barry Diller), and a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. 827ec27edc