(out of 5)
The tragic story of Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratton is told through fictional interviews and dramatic recreations in this film by Bob Fosse. Mariel Hemingway is compelling as Stratton, a kind and naive girl who went to the top of the magazine’s stardom but was constantly held back by her no-good, small-timer of a husband (Eric Roberts). Stratton never wanted to deny him his part in making her a success, but her wanting to distance herself from him eventually drove him to viciously murder her in cold blood. Fosse uses creative editing and photography to put across this story of lost innocence and corruption, coaxing amazing performances from his stars as well as a brilliant Carroll Baker in a supporting role as Stratton’s mother. This powerful account of fame gone sour was Fosse’s last completed film.
Directed by Bob Fosse
Screenplay by Bob Fosse, based on the article Death Of a Playmate by Teresa Carpenter
Cinematography by Sven Nykvist
Music by Ralph Burns
Costume Design by Albert Wolsky
Film Editing by Alan Heim