All That Jazz Movie Review Summary

Actors: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lang

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This 1979 musical takes a thinly veiled autobiographical peek at the life of famed dancer/choreographer/director Bob Fosse.

Roy Scheider plays Joe Gideon, Fosse's cinematic alter ego. Joe is obsessed with the editing of a film he's making, a la Fosse's own 1974 movie, Lenny. He also staging a new Broadway show, and we see him having to walk a fine line between injecting the production with a strong dose of creativity and having to please his traditionalist backers. In addition, Joe juggles the many women in his life, including his ex-wife and daughter, long-time girlfriend, and bedmate du jour.

To cope with the stress in his life, Joe drinks and pops pills. In a series of hallucinatory dreams, his guardian angel (an ethereal Jessica Lange) warns him to ease up on his self-destructive behavior or he'll die. Does Joe heed her admonititions, or does he end up like Fosse himself, who would succumb to a heart attack a few years after making this film?   
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Religion themed film?    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   filmmaker/producer Druggie/drunk problems?    -   drugs Kind of religion story    -   angel buddy

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   dancer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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