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All That Jazz (1979)

Original Title : All That Jazz
Director : Bob Fosse
Writer : Robert Alan Aurthur
Bob Fosse
Genre : Musical
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Alan Aurthur , Wolfgang Glattes , Daniel Melnick , Kenneth Utt
Music : Ralph Burns
Photography : Giuseppe Rotunno
IMDB ID : 0078754
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poster for "All That Jazz" by Bob Fosse (1979)
All That Jazz (1979) - Bob Fosse
 

Starring

Roy Scheider Joseph 'Joe' Gideon
Jessica Lange Angelique
Ann Reinking Kate Jagger, Joe's Girlfriend
Leland Palmer Audrey Paris, Joe's Ex-Wife
Cliff Gorman Davis Newman
Ben Vereen O'Connor Flood
Erzsebet Foldi Michelle Gideon, Joe's Daughter
Erzsebet Foldi Michelle Gideon, Joe's Daughter
 

Plot

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer.
 

Comments

Depressing but brilliant The life and times of Bob Fosse--oops!sorry!--Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider).He directs, choreographs and writes Broadway musicals and the occasional movie.He also has sex with every woman he can, is a chronic smoker...there's more but I don't want to ruin it. Basically, this is a character study and an absolutely fascinating one.This is Bob Fosse doing a movie about himself and showing his life in an extremely negative light.I saw this movie when it first came out in 1980.I thought it was one of the most depressing things I had ever seen--but went back to see it three additional times. The acting is just great all across the board--Scheider is cast against type...and pulls it off.In fact he was nominated for an Academy Award for this performance (he lost to DeNiro for "Raging Bull").Jessica Lange is playing...let's call her Our Lady of the Oxygen Tank (you'll see what I mean).Seriously, she has a difficult role and plays it beautifully. The direction is superb, mixing fantasy with reality seamlessly.The songs are good and the dancing is just great (especially in one VERY erotic number about casual sex). This movie is not for everyone--I know of one theatre in which half the audience walked out demanding their money back--but, if you're game, you probably won't be able to take your eyes off the screen. Depressing but just great.Fosse's best film (even better than "Cabaret"!)
 
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All That Jazz (1979) - Bob Fosse
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