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All That Jazz (Widescreen)

Roy Scheider , Jessica Lange , Bob Fosse    DVD
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Part tragic, part comic, this outrageous look at life in the fast lane in the Academy Award-winning musical about Bob Fosse's excessive life in show business. Played by Roy Scheider, Fosse's alter-ego drives himself over the edge and soon finds he is caught between a recurring fantasy about his death and the reality of a near-death experience. Dazzlingly presented, this electrifying story about the perils of pushing yourself too hard is filled with Fosse's legendary song-and-dance choreography.

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Choreographer-turned-director Bob Fosse (Cabaret, Lenny) turns the camera on himself in this nervy, sometimes unnerving 1979 feature, a nakedly autobiographical piece that veers from gritty drama to razzle-dazzle musical, allegory to satire. It's an indication of his bravura, and possibly his self-absorption, that Fosse (who also cowrote the script) literally opens alter ego Joe Gideon's heart in a key scene--an unflinching glimpse of cardiac surgery, shot during an actual open-heart procedure.

Roy Scheider makes a brave and largely successful leap out of his usual romantic lead roles to step into Gideon's dancing pumps, and supplies a plausible sketch of an extravagant, self-destructive, self-loathing creative dynamo, while Jessica Lange serves as a largely allegorical Muse, one of the various women that the philandering Gideon pursues (and usually abandons). Gideon's other romantic partners include Fosse's own protégé (and a major keeper of his choreographic style since his death), Ann Reinking, whose leggy grace is seductive both "onstage" and off.

Fosse/Gideon's collision course with mortality, as well as his priapic obsession with the opposite sex, may offer clues into the libidinal core of the choreographer's dynamic, sexualized style of dance, but musical aficionados will be forgiven for fast-forwarding to cut out the self-analysis and focus on the music, period. At its best--as in the knockout opening, scored to George Benson's strutting version of "On Broadway," which fuses music, dance, and dazzling camera work into a paean to Fosse's hoofer nation--All That Jazz offers a sequence of classic Fosse numbers, hard-edged, caustic, and joyously physical. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"To be on the wire is life. The rest is waiting."

The above is said by the main character, Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), in this movie.

This movie is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on the life and career of dance man, Bob Fosse (he was also a choreographer, director, screenwriter, and actor). Fosse directed, co-wrote, and was choreographer for this movie.

We follow Gideon's (Fosse's alter ego) life where at this point in his life he starts each day with Vivaldi, Visine, Alka-Seltzer, and Dexedrine (a prescription upper). Gideon has to start each day like this because he is a chain-smoker, a womanizer who cheats on his wife, drinker, takes drugs, and is a workaholic on the road to self-destruction.

This is a movie you either love or hate. For me, I found the dancing frenzied, the dialogue piercing, the photography superb, and the acting first-rate. (Actor Roy Scheider gives a brilliant performance.) This is a great-looking film with some humorous parts that sometimes is not easy to watch.

There are ten song and dance numbers in this movie. Don't worry!! These pieces are integral to the movie, are short and sweet, and in a word are...fantastic. I especially enjoyed these songs (accompanied by dance):

"On Broadway," "Everything Old is New Again," and "Bye-Bye Life" (part of the lyrics is given in this review's title).

In 2001, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed this film "culturally significant" and thus selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

As well, this movie won four Academy Awards.

Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2007) is perfect in picture and sound quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's show time! April 10 2004
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Hard to believe this great movie has so few reviews.
I was impressed from the opening scene of dancers leaping across the stage to the final zipper at the end of the movie the very first time I saw this movie 20-odd years ago, and every time since.
As Joe Gideon's producer said, "every dollar is on the screen".
I had the feeling I was really watching a work of genius. Even if the movie is Bob Fosse's bloated egotistical account of his life and career (not my viewpoint), it is still amazing in its scope. To predict your own death is one thing, but to put into one of the best 20 minutes on film is quite another.
Good acting, writing, directing, cinematography - you name it, it's there.
Sparse extras on the DVD, but worth it for the movie alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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1979 was one heck of a year for American cinema ("Apocalypse Now","Kramer Vs. Kramer", "Starting Over", "The China Syndrome") and leading male performances (Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Peter Sellers just to name a few)and "All That Jazz" certainly meets both criteria. Although I hate it when reviewers give too much away, it's safe to say that most people familiar with the film know that this is Bob Fosse's not-so-thinly veiled autobiographical film and 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. The firm centers around Joe's new Broadway production, while he concurrently tries to edit a new movie, interpersonal relations, and ..... one other thing that I will leave viewers to find out for themselves. Triva and pop culture buffs will recognize that the new show that the lead character, played with bravura by Roy Scheider, is working on is none other than "Chicago," which initially flopped but when on to be revived on Broadway to win several Tonys and you know all about the Oscars that the movie version received.
Seeing this movie there are many elements that make it hard to believe that it was released a quarter of a century ago. The best example of how current it looks can be found in the sensual and acrobatic choreography that defines Fosse. But the kicker here that although Fosse is does an excellent job in the serio-dramatic sequences, it is the MTV-like direction that Fosse brings to brilliant dance sequences that feel more than contemporary as no amount of grinding or posturing by Madonna, Britney et al can compare to a sequence titled "AirRotica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "They've all forgiven me!" Sept. 18 2003
Format:DVD
I've been waiting for this film to hit DVD for a long time. I saw it in high school in 1979 and enjoyed the passion and energy of the movie right up to the final arresting image. I saw that the DVD wasn't completely loaded with the extras the film deserves, but I was still there to buy it immediately.
I liked the Roy Scheider commentary and wished there was more. There are great clips of Scheider in character commenting during production and a series of clips of Fosse himself directing the opening "cattle call" sequence (the real "Joe Gideon" at work!). For a very surreal moment, listen to Scheider's commentary for the final death dance sequence where Fosse tells him, "They've all forgiven me!"
Hopefully, as the film is rediscovered by a new generation of fans (the CHICAGO phenom has to help), a special edition that includes more of Fosse's life and background information will come out. I'll buy that one too. ALL THAT JAZZ has what so many films are missing these days: a personal vision unafraid to bare its soul. I remember Fosse took a lot of flack for his "ego" back in 1979, but the honesty and boldness of his vision remains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thought it was funny
Published 3 months ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars It's showtime: a flood of Fosse razzle dazzles
Sometimes the Zeitgeist goes retro in the most entertaining and intriguing ways. A new biography of Bob Fosse, Fosse by Sam Wasson, landed on my desk just before a touring... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew C. Rowsome
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
This is an old movie that features dance by Bob Fosse. We loved it years ago when we first saw it. When I saw it was available on Amazon, I had to order. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynne Holden
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is one of my husband's favorite movies and I got this copy for his birthday. He was pleased and surprised.
Published 18 months ago by VivianCanada
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration of Dancing Bodies
ALL THAT JAZZ is a phastasmagoria of memories passing through Bob Fosse's mind as he dies of heart failure. Read more
Published on March 24 2012 by T. Pawels
3.0 out of 5 stars very slow to get here
The delivery was very slow. Came about a week later (maybe more) than stuff ordered the same day from the States. It's a shame! Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2010 by mike alberto
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz hands!
Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse wrote and directed this movie based on his own life. Fosse is represented by the character Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) and the film is a series of... Read more
Published on June 5 2009 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars THE JAZZY, SNAZZY, MORBID UNDERBELLY OF SHOWBIZ
What a dazzlingly engaging experimentation with the medium of film as we take an evocative peep into the life of a showbiz-obsessed director Fosse -- the hedonistic man behind the... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Shashank Tripathi
5.0 out of 5 stars Narcissism On Center Stage
The whole point of the movie is Fosse is a narcissistic (...)and freely admits it. He revels in it. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incandescent Entertainment
This is vintage Bob Fosse at the height of his game. Roy Scheider portrays Joe Gideon, a pill-popping womanizing workaholic who is literally unable to stop his compulsive bad... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Stephen B. Selbst
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