All That Jazz

All That Jazz

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

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Overview

"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: 01/29/2019
UPC: 0715515124515
Original Release: 1979
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1A
Time: 2:03:00

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

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