I just saw this film for the first time this weekend (though I’ve been familiar with the music and general story for a fairly long time), and thought it might be a good time to start a discussion thread on it, given that the last one we had that focused on Cabaret exclusively was over a year ago. There will be open spoilers here, because I’m not going to bend myself in knots to spoiler box a thread about a 34-year-old movie.
I have two questions about the film, one directly about Fosse’s intentions and one about something apparently unconnected.
First, was Sally’s montage just before the scene where she returns to the boarding house after she aborts the baby meant to suggest that a) the emcee could have been the father and b) that was why she aborted it (that it wasn’t either Brian’s or Max’s) and didn’t want to tell Brian why?
Second, for anyone who’s read Gregory Maguire’s original novel of Wicked, do you think Maguire was inspired by the Emcee in creating Mother Yackel, the mysterious woman who seems to shadow Elphaba throughout her life? The Emcee’s surreality and ubiquity in totally irrelevant places (like the biergarten) just triggered that memory…