I can think of two -- Slings and Arrows, a TV series from Canada that's a thinly veiled poke at the Stratford Festival, and Topsy Turvy, the movie about the collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan.I'm creating this thread in response to the comments about "Rise." My view of that now-canceled TV series is that it wasn't really about theater, just like the show it resembled, Friday Night Lights, wasn't really about football. It was about the emotional/economic struggles of the characters.Anyway, what other successful shows about theater have there been?
As someone who frequents the Stratford Festival (actually going tonight!) "Slings and Arrows" is incredible!
I have always enjoyed Those Lips, Those Eyes--a 1980 Frank Langella movie about 1950's outdoor summer stock.
Waiting for Guffman -despite being satire of community theater. It is about the struggle about putting on a playThe most famous is All About Eve, although not really about mounting a production, and more so about theater types and back stage shenanigans.
1981’s THE FAN (with Lauren Bacall)1999’s TRICK
The feature film "The Dresser" nailed backstage life in a serious vein (no great challenge since it is basically word-for-word the play of the same name).But my favorite backstager is "The Boyfriend"-- a crazy hallucination of a film from Ken Russell with brilliant sets by Tony Walton. I never laughed so loud in a movie theater as I did for the scene where Twiggy's script pages get snagged on the moving groundrows in a garden-strolling scene midway through, and she has to race around the groundrows like a crazy lady to deliver her lines.
Mike Leigh's TOPSY TURVY. Just brilliant
thirtythirtyninety said: "Mike Leigh's TOPSY TURVY. Just brilliant"Ditto to this. I'm really excited about seeing Allan Corduner in MFL next week and the possibility of meeting him afterwards.
My favorite movie of all time: ALL THAT JAZZ
Children of ParadiseAll About Eve42nd StreetOpening NightThe Red ShoesThe Golden CoachStage DoorMorning GloryTopsy TurvyFanny and AlexanderThe MagicianThe Seventh SealSmiles of a Summer NightTwentieth CenturyTo Be or Not to BeShow BoatA Double Life (if just for Ronald Colman who deserved his Oscar)The Great Ziegfeld (if just for Luise Rainer who deserved her Oscar)La Cage aux FollesThe ActressWaiting for GuffmanFunny GirlThe ProducersAll About My MotherLaw of DesireThe DresserLimelightMoulin RougeThe EntertainerThe Bandwagon
A Man of No Importance
Thanks, Totally Effed... I need that tonight. Let's get a drink.
“Waiting for Guffman” and “All About Eve”...what a great, but long, double feature!
Henri with the definitive answers again.
I too am impressed with your list, Henrik, but...Show Boat? La Cage Aux Folles? Seventh Seal? I'm not sure these are films about theater at all, much less quintessential films about this art form.
Camp is awful... and simultaneously fabulous.
NewYorkTheater said: "I too am impressed with your list, Hendrik, but...Show Boat? La Cage Aux Folles? Seventh Seal? I'm not sure these are films abouttheater at all, much less quintessential films about this art form."A few on my list are certainly much less centrally- thematically about the theater than others. But I disagree with you when it comes to Show Boat, which is very much about, among other things, "life upon the wicked stage."
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