All That Jazz

All That Jazz

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Director: Bob Fosse

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

     
 

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Bob Fosse's 1979 award-winning musical drama All That Jazz arrives on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Dolby Digital soundtracks are offered in Stereo English or Mono French. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. Special features include scene-specific audio…  See more details below

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Bob Fosse's 1979 award-winning musical drama All That Jazz arrives on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. Dolby Digital soundtracks are offered in Stereo English or Mono French. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. Special features include scene-specific audio commentary by Roy Scheider recorded in 2001, three Roy Scheider interview clips recorded on the film's set in 1979, five clips of Bob Fosse directing the "On Broadway" audition sequence, and the theatrical trailer. This is a welcome release of a highly regarded film that has previously been only available on home video in VHS form.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
All That Jazz is Bob Fosse’s answer to Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ -- an autobiographical portrait of the artist as a womanizing, pill-popping, chain-smoking Broadway director whose self-destructive habits land him in the hospital with a heart attack. The film is as messy and self-indulgent as its hero, yet compelling even today in its inventiveness, daring, and sheer chutzpah. Roy Scheider portrays Fosse stand-in Joe Gideon, a workaholic who struggles to finish a film and stage a new Broadway show while juggling an ex-wife (Leland Palmer), a girlfriend (Fosse's real-life paramour, Ann Reinking), a daughter (Erzebet Foldi), and innumerable one-night stands. The only real happiness he derives is from his work, which he pursues with maniacal devotion. He cheats on, lies to, and genuinely disappoints all the women in his life, yet they remain by his side -- not only because he is a true creative genius but also because, as played by Scheider, Gideon has enough self-awareness, and self-loathing, to make him sympathetic. This notion of the tortured artist is hardly a new one; what makes All That Jazz original and fascinating is the way Fosse, the ultimate showman, deconstructs the musical, digging for the dirt beneath the showbiz glitter and brandishing his trademark razzle-dazzle in the service of something darker. He takes us inside Gideon’s tormented psyche as he is wooed by an ethereal and seductive Angel of Death (Jessica Lange, another Fosse girlfriend) and then onto the operating table, intercutting gruesomely realistic shots of Gideon’s open-heart surgery with glitzy song-and-dance routines addressing the failures of his life and his inevitable slide toward death. It’s hard to imagine a film with such a genuinely experimental approach and downbeat ending receiving recognition from the Academy today, but All That Jazz won seven Oscars. Like Martin Scorsese’s criminally underrated New York, New York, this flawed but ambitious work attempts to reimagine the feel-good musical for a more cynical and knowing era.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Bob Fosse's not-so-thinly veiled autobiographical film is a viciously honest portrayal of the central character, Joe Gideon, a brilliant but deeply troubled and self-absorbed director/choreographer who has ongoing problems with drugs, alcohol, and fidelity. All That Jazz is a speed freak of a movie, flying by at breakneck pace, then screeching to a halt so the protagonist can indulge in some serious ruminations on death. The film takes regular detours into the surreal, as Jessica Lange's appearance as the stunningly beautiful personification of death hints at Gideon's self-destructive impulses. As his name suggests, Gideon has a bit of a God complex, and he views his work as a struggle to create something as beautiful as one of God's creations. It is difficult to tell if Fosse is apologizing for his boorish behavior or explaining it. Perhaps the film's most revealing line of dialogue is delivered by Gideon as he faces death "If I die, I'm sorry for all the bad things I did to you. And if I live, I'm sorry for all the bad things I'm gonna do to you." The film is a dazzling piece of eye (and ear) candy, full of brilliant dance sequences (the AirRotica sequence stands out), great music, and bizarre flights into the fantasy world in Gideon's head. The fanciful near-death experiences at the climax are an adrenaline-soaked showstopper, and Roy Scheider does the best work of his career. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four of them.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0024543018797
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Scene-specific commentary by Roy Scheider; Interviews with Roy Scheider; 5 Bob Fosse clips; Theatrical trailer

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

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

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Auditions
3. Some Father
4. The Death Process
5. Victoria
6. Joey's Mother
7. Kate
8. Selling a Song
9. Rehearsal
10. Air-otica
11. Jagger & Gideon
12. The Set and the Script
13. The Hospital
14. Flirting With Disaster
15. Blocked Arteries
16. Hospital Hallucinations
17. Something's Gone Wrong
18. Bye-Bye Love
19. The Big Exit
20. End Titles

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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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