All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Director: Bob Fosse Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking


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"It's showtime!" In this part film à clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider, channeling Fosse) is the ultimate work (and pleasure)-aholic, as he knocks back a daily dose of amphetamines to juggle a new Broadway production while editing his new movie, not to mention ex-wife Audrey (Leland Palmer), steady girlfriend Kate (Ann Reinking), a young daughter, and various conquests. Joe cannot, however, avoid intimations of mortality from white-clad vision Angelique (Jessica Lange) that lead him to look back at his life as he heads for a near-inevitable coronary and his departure from this mortal coil with the appropriate razzle-dazzle. Taking his cue from Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (1963), Fosse moves from realistic dance numbers to extravagant flights of cinematic fancy, as Joe meditates on his life, his women, and his death. Following a similarly dark revisionist vein as Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (1977), Fosse shows the stiff price that entertaining exacts on entertainers (among other things, he intercuts graphic footage of open-heart surgery with a song and dance), mercilessly reversing the feel-good mood of classical movie musicals. Critics praised Fosse's daring even as they damned his self-indulgence, while Scheider was lauded for giving the best performance of his career. Though not a disastrous failure, All That Jazz came nowhere near the popularity of 1978's Grease, as late '70s audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" movies. For all its excesses, Fosse's fiercely personal approach turned All That Jazz into another striking work from one of the few directors able to make, and experiment with, movie musicals after the 1960s.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0715515124614
Original Release: 1979
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 862

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille Interviews with Fosse from 1981 and 1986 On-Set footage Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film's music Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song "On Broadway," which opens the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Joe Gideon
Jessica Lange Angelique
Ann Reinking Kate Jagger
Cliff Gorman David Newman
Leland Palmer Audrey Paris
John Lithgow Lucas Sergeant
Erzebet Foldi Michelle
Ben Vereen O'Connor Flood
Michael Tolan Dr. Ballinger
Max Wright Joshua Benn
William Le Massena Jonesy Hecht
Chris Chase Leslie Perry
Deborah Geffner Victoria
Kathryn Doby Kathryn
Anthony Holland PaulDann
Robert Hitt Ted Christopher
David Margulies Larry Goldie
Sue Paul Stacy
Keith Gordon Young Joe Gideon
Frankie Man Comic
Alan Heim Eddie
Nicole Fosse Actor
Sandahl Bergman Sandahl
Ben Masters Doctor Garry
Theresa Merritt Cast of NY/LA
CCH Pounder Nurse Blake
Wallace Shawn Assistant Insurance Man
Sloane Shelton Mother
Ralph Burns Conductor

Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director,Choreography,Screenwriter
Robert Alan Aurthur Producer,Screenwriter
Ralph Burns Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Wolfgang Glattes Associate Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Daniel Melnick Executive Producer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Kenneth Utt Associate Producer
Tony Walton Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

1. "It's Showtime, Folks!" [1:56]
2. Cattle Call [8:25]
3. The Stages Of Death [4:20]
4. Late-Night Visitors [4:16]
5. The Silver Cloud [3:48]
6. "You Know I Love You, Katie" [4:51]
7. A New Song [4:32]
8. In The Studio With Michelle [3:44]
9. "Do It Again, Victoria" [2:46]
10. Rehearsal [2:13]
11. "What Guilt?" [4:20]
12. "Take Off With Us" [3:32]
13. Airotica [6:56]
14. "It's A Bomb" [2:05]
15. "Everything Old Is New Again" [5:19]
16. Read-Through [3:39]
17. "What Do Doctors Know?" [4:40]
18. Lucas Sergeant [2:24]
19. In The Hospital [4:55]
20. A Bad Review [6:58]
21. Heart Surgery [3:28]
22. "Hospital Hallucination, Take 1" [1:57]
23. Heart Attack [7:06]
24. Voyage Through The Hospital [3:43]
25. "Bye Bye Life" [6:55]
26. End Credits [11:18]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. The Title Sequence [1:56]
2. A Spectacular Set Piece [8:25]
3. Playing Himself [4:20]
4. Bob's Song Choices [4:16]
5. Bob's Youth In Chicago [3:48]
6. Structuring The Film [4:51]
7. Editing Close To The Beat [4:32]
8. Low Angles And Mirrors [3:44]
9. Amazed By The Fluidity [2:46]
10. Slapstick And Vaudeville [2:13]
11. Bob And Gwen [4:20]
12. Sandahl Bergman [3:32]
13. A Whole Life In A Year [6:56]
14. Lange's Costume [2:05]
15. Screenings [5:19]
16. Bob's Mantra [3:39]
17. Bob's Heart Attack [4:40]
18. An Ear For Fakery [2:24]
19. The Oscars [4:55]
20. Reviews [6:58]
21. An Actual Operation [3:28]
22. An Homage To Busby Berkeley [1:57]
23. Shooting Ratio [7:06]
24. A Little Over-The-Top [3:43]
25. The Finale [6:55]
26. Saving The Movie [11:18]
27. Color Bars [2:48]
1. The Cattle Call [2:13]
2. Fosse's Condition [8:14]
3. The Discipline Of Dancing [12:14]
4. Autobiographical? [6:52]
5. "Zero Hour" [5:02]
1. Chapter 1 [33:35]
2. Chapter 2 [:22]
1. Chapter 1 [31:49]
1. Chapter 1 [14:50]
2. Chapter 2 [:27]
1. Chapter 1 [20:15]
2. Chapter 2 [:26]
1. Chapter 1 [26:59]
1. Chapter 1 [26:12]
1. Chapter 1 [7:57]
1. Chapter 1 [3:53]
1. Chapter 1 [22:44]
1. Chapter 1 [7:49]
1. Chapter 1 [3:35]

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All That Jazz 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the film's start, I thought something seemed familiar - the close-up, Visined eyeballs, Keith Gordon as the young Joe clad in droogian splendor, the ominous classical music on cassette tape - I had to check I wasn't watching Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange". Or even "2001" - I'm thinking of Ann Reinking's reading of the line "What do you want from me, Joe?" or something like that - straight out of the HAL 9000's vocoder. And then Roy Scheider says "Do you ever think Stanley Kubrick gets depressed?" Sure he does (did) but then he never made a musical. In the hands (actually feet) of Bob Fosse, "All That Jazz" is as visually stunning as some of Kubrick's work and if not as culturally significant, it is entertaining in the best sense of that term.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
should blow your mind by the end!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought of this film as a 'Rocky Horror' kind of cult flick musical. Where else would you see a man dying on a table with his daughter and ex-wife singing a song about him and tap dancing? It's all so funny in that sick sick way I like it.
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