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I'm so sad that Mr Scheider isn't around to have participated in any of the newly created bonus features but he does live on a scene specific commentary track from some time back. That said, one of the main things that separates Criterion from everybody else is their relentless pursuit of making not only the definitive audio and visual release but scouring the globe for bonus content! I am not an expert on Fosse or dance, but after viewing the bonus features feel truly knowledgeable. There are new supplements with the author of the definitive book on Fosse, Sam Wasson, there is a recent interview with the editor of the film, a couple of the stars and a semi recent half hour doc on Mr Fosse. If that isn't enough there is a half hour with Gene Shalit, a half hour from the UK and another half hour interview of Mr Fosse with Tom Snyder!! They seemingly have left no stone unturned in their drive to make this package something that can take pride of place in ones collection of great movies.
To summarize, the movie looks the best it has and if you are considering owning (in a world of streaming or downloads) and are a fan, then the wealth of bonus content about and featuring Mr Fosse make this a prime candidate for physical purchase. This is not a disposable movie but a work of art and Criterion has presented it well and surrounded it with terrific bonus content... oh and a lovely booklet with essay.
Roy Scheider, in arguably his greatest role ever, portrays Joe Gideon, a work-obsessed Broadway choreographer and director existing on cancer sticks, booze, sex and uppers. Directed by the preeminent choreographer Bob Fosse, ALL THAT JAZZ was purportedly semi-autobiographical.
Joe is struggling to put together a new dance production and, simultaneously, edit a behind-schedule film, all the while juggling the three principal women in his life: ex-wife, current significant other, and teenage daughter. Talk about stress! In periodic visual sidebars, we watch as Joe rationalizes his self-destructive behavior to a glamorous Angel of Death, coquettishly played by Jessica Lange.
The film's dance sequences, products of Bob Fosse's brilliance, and sets by Phillip Rosenberg and Tony Walton, are visual extravaganzas not to be missed. (Oscars were awarded for Art Direction and Set Decoration.) Perhaps the cleverest is the solo routine performed by the ex-wife character as she rehearses a number to be performed in Gideon's latest production, all the while debating with him the course of their failed relationship. Positively engaging is the "impromptu" number performed for Joe at his apartment by his current mistress (played by the strikingly long-legged Ann Reinking), along with his daughter.Read more ›
Whilst a little long and some over indulgence occurs, All That Jazz is a remarkably original movie. It is not only a fascinating insight into the mind and life of a brilliant and talented man, but a captured record of the 1970's Broadway scene.
What is so remarkable about All The Jazz is that we actually enter into Fosses' mind to explore his thoughts, feelings and emotions. Two vehicles are used to achieve this - conversations with death (in the form of a white laced Jessica Lange) and stunning Broadway musical sequences. We explore his feelings on women, death and his art.
Roy Scheider brings a considerable amount of charisma and emotion to the role of Joe Gideon (who is based on Fosse). Another standout is Anne Reinking - ex lover of Fosse and seasoned Broadway performer. It would have been nice to see her film career take off so we could have seen more of her work. All the cast perform brilliantly in their roles, and a few surprises pop up with some early performances of some now well known actors.
All That Jazz contains wonderful performances, brilliant music and a story that not only captures the essence of a significant man in the history of Broadway, but also the vibrancy and originality of Broadway in the 70's. Watch this movie and go back in time to a wonderful world during a colourful era.
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Equal amounts ambitious, brilliant, and self-indulgent. "Birdman" doesn't seem quite so original after viewing this again decades after its original release. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Coccaro
The Criterion blu ray picture is very dark, crushing shadow detail. Allot of picture detail is lost in the exaggerated black levels. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vincent B
Don't click the just BluRay option, if you're in the US. It is PAL and will not play on your player. I made that mistake.Published 4 months ago by Jason P Schumacher
Obviously, the movie was great! But I liked that I received my order earlier than expected. Thank you.Published 5 months ago by Karen Brown