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Bob Fosse’s film debut—a brilliant adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Shirley MacLaine as an unshakable dance hall performer.

Charity Hope Valentine is working as a taxi dancer in a sleazy dance hall, with a string of bad dates behind he. Yet her hopeful romanticism and enduring optimism might just lift her out of these circumstances and allow her to escape her dreary life.

Bob Fosse’s film debut is a brilliant adaptation of the Broadway musical, based on Fellini’s Notte di Cabiria. Striking a perfect balance between escapist fantasy and hard reality, this musical is made iconic by Fosse’s distinctive choreography and wonderful staging of the memorable musical numbers.


This screening will be introduced by Mosa Mpetha. As Mashiya Presents, Mosa curated Fosse in Film—a programme of screenings and discussions celebrating the breadth and skill of Fosse’s directing and choreography in film—for Scalarama Festival Leeds 2019.