All That Jazz (1979)
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All That Jazz surprised me on many levels. Underneath all that dazzle and glitter there was a really serious tone to the movie as it primarily dealt with themes of dysfunctional relationships and death. It also portrayed a deeply flawed, but therefore deeply human man played to perfection by Roy Scheider. This Academy Award-nominated performance is one of the best I've ever seen. The music and dance numbers are all brilliant. Well, perhaps the last one went on a bit too long, though it was probably done on purpose to strengthen the theme and impact of that curtain call.
I started clapping, alone in my livingroom. Breath taking directing.
All That Jazz is Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film about a musical theater director/choreographer whose lifestyle may finally kill him, and it is a triumph of elliptical editing, working on several levels simultaneously - musical, biopic, deathbed confession, surreal fantasy - at once funny and tragic, and like all its characters, brutally honest. The names have been changed, but even the protagonist's ultimate end prefigure Fosse's own 8 years later, so one can easily see the character's lack of virtue as Fosse's own. He treats himself with such snark, however, that it's hard to find the film a self-serving apology, and I personally loved the way hallucinations broke the fourth wall and revealed the fakery of the entertainment world, which the film itself is a part of. And it all ends on a dark punchline, setting tragedy to comic timing. And of course, some great dance numbers, that goes without saying. Not always easy to take in, but worth your time.
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This movie ranks #14 in IMDb's Musical Top 50
This movie ranks #21 in IMDb's Music Top 50
This movie ranks #25 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #40 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
This movie ranks #49 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #70 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
This movie ranks #245 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #247 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #319 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #336 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #460 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #564 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #640 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #714 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #744 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #824 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #851 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #978 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office