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All That Jazz Details

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"It's showtime!" In this part film à clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer [[Performer~P90209~Bob Fosse~bobfosse]] takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Joe Gideon ([[Performer~P63580~Roy Scheider~royscheider]], channeling [[Performer~P90209~Fosse~bobfosse]]) 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 ([[Performer~P54834~Leland Palmer~lelandpalmer]]), steady girlfriend Kate ([[Performer~P59513~Ann Reinking~annreinking]]), a young daughter, and various conquests. Joe cannot, however, avoid intimations of mortality from white-clad vision Angelique ([[Performer~P40447~Jessica Lange~jessicalange]]) 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 [[Performer~P89547~Federico Fellini~federicofellini]]'s [[Feature~V318~8 1/2~812]] (1963), [[Performer~P90209~Fosse~bobfosse]] 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 [[Performer~P110533~Martin Scorsese~martinscorsese]]'s [[Feature~V35093~New York, New York~newyorknewyork]] (1977), [[Performer~P90209~Fosse~bobfosse]] 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 [[Performer~P90209~Fosse~bobfosse]]'s daring even as they damned his self-indulgence, while [[Performer~P63580~Scheider~royscheider]] 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 [[Feature~V20546~Grease~grease]], as late '70s audiences increasingly turned away from "difficult" movies. For all its excesses, [[Performer~P90209~Fosse~bobfosse]]'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. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1979

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Wolsky Best Costume Design 1979 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Fosse Best Original Screenplay 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Fosse Best Director 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Giuseppe Rotunno Best Cinematography 1979 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Giuseppe Rotunno Best Cinematography 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Arthur Best Original Screenplay 1979 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Roy Scheider Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Scheider Best Actor 1979 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Walton Best Art Direction 1979 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Philip Rosenberg Best Art Direction 1979 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Heim Best Editing 1979 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alan Heim Best Editing 1980 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward Stewart Best Art Direction 1979 Winner

Cast

Roy Scheider
as Joe Gideon
Jessica Lange
as Angelique
Cliff Gorman
as David Newman
Leland Palmer
as Audrey Paris
John Lithgow
as Lucas Sergeant
Ben Vereen
as O'Connor Flood
Michael Tolan
as Dr. Ballinger
Max Wright
as Joshua Benn
Chris Chase
as Leslie Perry
Deborah Geffner
as Victoria
Kathryn Doby
as Kathryn
Anthony Holland
as PaulDann
Robert Hitt
as Ted Christopher
David Margulies
as Larry Goldie
Sue Paul
as Stacy
Keith Gordon
as Young Joe Gideon
Frankie Man
as Comic
Alan Heim
as Eddie
CCH Pounder
as Nurse Blake
Ben Masters
as Doctor Garry
Sloane Shelton
as Mother
Sandahl Bergman
as Sandahl
Nicole Fosse
Wallace Shawn
as Assistant Insurance Man

Crew

Bob Fosse
Director
Wolfgang Glattes
Producer
Daniel Melnick
Producer
Bob Fosse
Screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Alan Heim
Editor
Tony Walton
Production Designer
Philip Rosenberg
Production Designer
Daniel Melnick
Executive Producer
Philip Rosenberg
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Bob Fosse
Choreography
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