All That Jazz
1979. USA. Bob Fosse. 123 min.
Introduced by Schawn Belston, Senior Vice President, Library and Technical Services, Fox Filmed Entertainment
Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
All That Jazz
1979. USA. Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur, Fosse. With Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen. In spite of its excesses, or perhaps because of them, All That Jazz is the last of the grand Hollywood musicals: dazzling, decadent, and unapologetically self-indulgent. Chronicling the grandiose rise and fall of an egomaniacal, womanizing, pill-popping musical director/choreographer who is not a little bit like Fosse himself, All That Jazz boasts a stellar cast of actors, dancers, and performers from the 1970s New York stage. Vincent Canby in The New York Times wrote that “the film is an uproarious display of brilliance, nerve, dance, maudlin confessions, inside jokes and, especially, ego…[with] big, beautiful, steamy, typically Fosse production numbers….Not even Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, or Woody Allen—all of whom are similarly guilt-ridden—has ever celebrated himself quite so cruelly.” Preserved by Twentieth Century Fox. 123 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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