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Fosse/Verdon FX Series

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Matt Hough, Apr 6, 2019.

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  1. Message #21 of 34 May 16, 2019
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    Fosse/Verdon has had scripted scenes with Neil Simon,Paddy Chayefsky and Alan Heim;
    so far, though, we haven't seen any references to the great Ralph Burns, who was integral to Fosse's success, as well.

    Michelle Williams portrayal of Gwen Verdon is sheer brilliance. IMHO, the toughest and most dangerous thing an actor can do within their careers is to take on a legend or an icon. If they don't nail it and get underneath the skin of the person, then they just come off as making an attempt or an imitative facsimile. With Michelle Williams, though, she has now done it twice with her earlier spot-on performance of Norma Jean in "My Weekend with Marilyn". And that one was really dangerous and beyond successful, to which Ms. Williams should have won the Oscar for that one.
     
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    For my money, this was the best episode of the series thus far. Interesting behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Chicago, its reception and the aftermath (we didn't get to see it lose all eleven of its Tony nominations), and some insight into Gwen's insecurities and frustrations of dealing with age-related problems, all this counter balanced with the younger Fosse and Verdon trying to conceive a child.

    Next week the series finale.
     
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    Is there anything Michelle Williams can't do? Her Emmy episode. A Tony next.
     
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    It should be, but she is going to have formidable competition in that category this year.
     
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    Watched the final episode tonight: a heartbreaking one, of course, but also an illuminating one as Bob faced at one point what he had done with his life and his treatment of Gwen and had no regrets. The segments dealing with All That Jazz were simply brilliant, and Michelle WIlliams was, as she has been throughout, eerily the walking embodiment of Gwen Verdon.

    This was a brilliant limited series even with its ignoring their late 1950s period and Gwen's Hollywood sojourn in the 1980s making it seem as if she lived off Chicago tours for the rest of her life.
     
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    I'm really looking forward to seeing this in the UK. It should be soon, as BBC2 are advertising it (so no ad breaks).
     
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    I hope you'll come back here and offer opinions and impressions as you watch it.
     
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    Was Gwen Verdon really with Fosse when he had that last fatal heart attack? It seemed awfully convenient and perhaps staged to give the series that bookend quality (plus Sweet Charity). But yeah it was a great series and I'm still blown away with Michelle Williams' performance. Fosse, per previous comment, never really changed his demeanor or style (or habits), so not as juicy a role here, but Rockwell still nailed it.
     
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    Yes, she was with him outside their hotel when he collapsed as I recall.
     
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    A biography of Fosse I read 20 years ago detailed this.
     
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    I see "Damn Yankees" has just been added to iTunes in HD digital for $9.99. I'm thinking about it, though, I prefer $4.99-6.99 for this film as it's not a favorite film of mine. If it was then I would be all over it despite the $9.99 pricing.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'll wait for lower pricing on this one. I was hoping for a Blu-ray, to be honest, of this and The Pajama Game.
     
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    I noticed that Warner Archive just re-released Damn Yankees on DVD this week. Perhaps, that's the reason why the HD digital showed up on iTunes.
     
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    I rewatched my DVD of Damn Yankees a couple of weeks ago after Fosse/Verdon concluded, and it looked fine, certainly good enough to tide me over until a Blu-ray is released or the HD stream comes down in price. I was afraid it might be one of the Warner discs prone to rotting, but mine played just fine.
     

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