13 Jan '14, 2pm

Earlier today, I posted a review of FOSSE, a new biography of the acclaimed director of stage & screen:

It’s hardly revelatory to propose that Fosse drank and smoked and popped pills to “numb the pain” he felt, and the posthumous speculations about “the narcissist’s feelings of utter worthlessness, often caused by a failed attachment to his caregivers early on,” are distractingly reductive. At the same time, there’s a recurring tendency to melodramatic declarations, starting with the framing structure of Fosse’s life as a countdown to death. The choreography for “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees , to take another example, becomes proof of an obsession with “the contamination of innocence” that “stained” its star performer, Gwen Verdon (his third wife and frequent collaborator, even after his constant philandering essentially nullified their marriage), and spread into his films. “It must have been a strange sort of horror to be a famous Broadway director, the star of a ...

Full article: http://beatrice.com/wordpress/2014/01/13/read-this-fosse/

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