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Year
1972
Runtime
124 min.
Director
Bob Fosse
Genres
Drama, Musical
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
38,290
Checks
12,595
Favs
860
Dislikes
80
Favs/checks
6.8% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. Flops's avatar

    Flops

    This film didn't make me care about the characters at all. The focal relationship lacked chemistry. Liza is cute but she is annoying. I did like the Nazi element. I didn't think this movie was awful, but I usually expect a film that won several Academy Awards to do a better job of drawing me in. 5 years 5 months ago
  2. ClassicLady's avatar

    ClassicLady

    I've never been a Liza fan. I like some of the music in this but it's really not that great, in my opinion. 5 years 9 months ago
  3. frankqb's avatar

    frankqb

    Pleasant musical numbers that are disconnected from the narrative of the characters (though broadly important to the film) make this film a bit odd, but that's the point, I assume.

    Joel Grey is absolutely frightening by the end of the film. Liza Minelli seems a bit flighty and I'm sure that's intentional. The plots don't really fit together in a structured way, and they seem slow. The sub-plots come and go and eventually we're left with a creeping sense of dread (again, intentional).

    Minelli's closing number is a true show-stopper and sums up the point of much of the circus that goes on at the Kit Kat Club, but overall the film just felt slow and predictable (even with the somewhat risque love-life plot of the two main characters). The songs aren't particularly great except for the opening and closing numbers. Still, the parallel with the rise of Nazi Germany is interesting and original and the film uses its border-line absurdist moments in the club to point out some very important truths about the descent into fascism.

    Interesting, but not compelling.

    3 stars out of 4
    4 months 3 weeks ago
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  2. This movie ranks #27 in BAFTA - Best Film
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  4. This movie ranks #37 in BFI Flare's Best LGBT Films of All Time
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  9. This movie ranks #68 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
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  10. This movie ranks #75 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
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  11. This movie ranks #109 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  12. This movie ranks #140 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  13. This movie ranks #150 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  14. This movie ranks #177 in National Film Registry
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  15. This movie ranks #240 in 501 Must See Movies
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  18. This movie ranks #322 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  19. This movie ranks #367 in Empire 500
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  20. This movie ranks #541 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  21. This movie ranks #543 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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