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All That Jazz

Directed by Bob Fosse
United States, 1979
Musical, Drama, Fantasy


Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk.

Our take

The modern musical begins with Bob Fosse. A director and choreographer, he broke free of theatrical confines and took song and dance to new heights of virtuoso cinematic style. This masterful, semi-autobiographical tribute to showbiz is an unforgettable, endlessly watchable classic. It’s showtime!

All That Jazz Directed by Bob Fosse

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1980 | Winner: Palme d'Or

2017 | Cannes Classics

Academy Awards

1980 | 4 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1980 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

BAFTA Awards

1981 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

1981 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

1980 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The film that immediately jumped to mind for discussion is Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, a tricky masterpiece, whose queerness is at once literal and completely subordinate, whose genre (the musical) and milieu (musical theater) signify gayness, but which, being an autobiographical work from its writer-director-choreographer, is, at least on the surface, very straight. In fact, it’s one of the few films in American history that can be called perversely, uncommonly heterosexual.
February 14, 2018
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By centering on the body, Fosse had such amazing source material—the drama was in a step, a look, a gesture. His cinema grew out of that; the films he made before All That Jazz were like no others, but it’s in this film, a kind of moral-minded, autobiographical phantasmagoria, that Fosse learned to make the camera dance too.
August 25, 2014
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All That Jazz is so head-spinning because it’s a deeply felt, deeply stylish, deeply alive movie about disconnection, degradation, and estrangement that abounds in lewd, boozy, intellectualized poetry. The fusion of those various contrasts was Fosse’s great specialty, and it’s right there, subsumed, in the film’s rococo photography and, especially, in the amazing dance numbers, which revel in a tone of macabre erotica…
August 25, 2014
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