All That Jazz
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"It's showtime!" In this part film 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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though Scheider is a wry, sensitive actor, he soon gets lost in the vulgar theatrics."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"It's very pleased with itself."
‑ , Time Out
"...were it not for the steady, understated presence of Roy Scheider as Fosse stand-in Joe Gideon, the whole thing might well do up in a burst of spontaneous combustion, spraying sequins and feather boas in all directions."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"The dancing is frenzied, the dialogue piercing, the photography superb, and the acting first-rate, with non-showman Scheider an illustrious example of casting against type."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The magnificent Fosse touch at its best."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Almost every scene is excruciating (and a few are appalling), yet the film stirs an obscene fascination with its rapid, speed-freak cutting and passionate psychological striptease."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Some of it makes you wince, but a lot of it is great fun."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Ain't Jazz dance grand when you're dyin' ?"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"All That Jazz compels us to deal emotionally with our own death and the values which give meaing to our lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A self-important, egomaniacal, wonderfully choreographed, often compelling film which portrays the energetic life, and preoccupation with death, of a director-choreographer."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"All That Jazz is one of the most self-indulgent movies ever made-but blessedly so."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Savagely witty on backstage life and audaciously edited."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Self-reflexive, narcissistic, and entertaining, this film is Fosse's 81/2 (he even uses Fellini's cinemtographer Rotunno). High production values and superb acting by Roy Scheider as the artist's alter-ego makes this morbid musical Fosse's best work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"All That Jazz may be Fosse's finest cinematic achievement."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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