ALL THAT JAZZ
The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule — mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night — and routine of amphetamines, booze and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon's (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive onscreen as never before and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer and Ben Vereen, ALL THAT JAZZ pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights. (Note courtesy of Criterion Collection.) DIR/SCR Bob Fosse; SCR/PROD Robert Alan Aurthur. U.S., 1979, color, 123 min. RATED R
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