in about 100 words or less
US 123m, Colour
Director: Bob Fosse; Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, John Lithgow
All that Jazz is a sophisticated musical drama that was years ahead of its time. Based loosely on Fosse’s own life and experiences in show business, his protagonist is Joe Gideon, a workaholic who tries to fuel his busy career as a director, choreographer and dancer with drugs, alcohol and women. Much of the film is a conversation with a veiled woman in white – an angelic grim reaper aptly named Angelique. Filled with imaginative music and dance numbers, All that Jazz is the antithesis of a feel good musical, particularly as the film plays out in the hospital when reality and fantasy intertwine in a final performance played out in Gideon’s head (Klaus Ming June 2015).