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All That Jazz (1979)

Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

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Leslie Perry (as Chris Chase)
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Victoria
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Paul Dann
Robert Hitt ...
Ted Christopher
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Storyline

Choreographing and picking dancers for his current show whilst editing his feature film about a stand-up comedian is getting to Joe Gideon. Without the chemical substances, he would not have the energy to keep up with his girlfriend, his ex-wife, and his special dancing daughter. They attempt to bring him back from the brink, but it's too late for his exhausted body and stress-ravaged heart. He chain-smokes, uses drugs, sleeps with his dancers and overworks himself into open-heart surgery. Scenes from his past life start to encroach on the present and he becomes increasingly aware of his mortality. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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All that work. All that glitter. All that pain. All that love. All that crazy rhythm. All that jazz. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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20 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hinter dem Rampenlicht  »

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Trivia

Upon the film's release in 1979, Stanley Kubrick reportedly believed it to be the "best film I think I've ever seen". See more »

Goofs

Close-up of "Young Joe" with hazel eyes is shortly followed by a close-up of adult Joe with blue eyes. See more »

Quotes

Joe Gideon: [after a run-through, for VIPS, of a critical number in the show he's rehearsing] Ooh, I don't think they liked it... what do you think?
Audrey Paris: [not smiling] I don't know about the others... but I think it's the best work you've ever done - you son of a bitch.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, only the company credits and the title, which resembles revolving Broadway lights. See more »

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Referenced in Marie Antoinette (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Some of These Days
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Shelton Brooks
Performed by Erzsebet Foldi with Ann Reinking & Leland Palmer
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Classic!
28 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best musicals ever made, it's a love song to theater and hedonism and all things Fosse.

Roy Schieder does a fantastic job brings Fosse to life, making the charming womanizing cad unrepentant and lovable at the same time.

Jessica Lange as 'the angel of death' is all you'd want from a grim reaper, and more.

But the real standout is the vibrant editing and music- long before MTV coopted the fast and loose cutting styles that make it hard to focus, Fosse put it to good use- he doesn't just cut for shock value, he cuts WITH the music, creating images that go right into your inner rythm somehow.

I don't know how he did it, but every film student in the world should study this masterpiece.

Ten out of ten!


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