Fame

FAmeBBB.5

(out of 5)


Four years in the life of students at a New York performing arts school are chronicled in this energetic, enjoyable musical. After the ensemble of youngsters experience their painful, awkward beginnings, they move on through to the ups and downs, highs and lows of four years of high school combined with the desire to make it in the big bad world of show business. A dramatic singer, a determined ballerina, a learn-by-instinct dancer who ignores his studies, and even a sad gay boy who plays lonely songs on his guitar while all the straight kids have a life populate the cast (one gay student at a performing arts school? And he’s the only one who is no fun to be around? Let’s just skim over that one for now). The script is full of excellent observations of youthful life and features excellent dialogue, both traits of which overcome its inability to focus on any particular storyline for long enough to feel like a movie instead of a collection of best-of clips from a television series (the film, incidentally, went on to become a deservedly popular television series, with the gay student population diminishing from 1 to 0). On top of this you’ll enjoy the collection of infectious tunes that fill the screen with sound and movement, most especially the title song and the boisterous “Hot Lunch” number.


USA, 1980

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards
Best Music (Original Score) (Michael Gore)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Fame”, music by Michael Gore; lyric by Dean Pitchford)

Nominations
Best Film Editing (Gerry Hambling)
Best Music (Original Song) (“Out Here On My Own”, music by Michael Gore; lyric by Lesley Gore)
Best Sound (Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Jay M. Harding, Chris Newman)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Christopher Gore)

Golden Globe Award
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Fame”, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, music by Michael Gore)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Irene Cara)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Michael Gore)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen

British Academy Award
Best Sound

Nominations
Best Direction (Alan Parker)
Best Editing
Anthony Asquith Award For Film Music

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film


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