Part of Weekend Classics: All That Fosse.
The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse® turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. 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. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer and Ben Vereen, ALL THAT JAZZ pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.
“...An uproarious display of brilliance, nerve, dance, maudlin confessions, inside jokes and, especially, ego. It's a little bit as if Mr. Fosse had invited us to attend his funeral— the wildest show-business sendoff a fellow ever designed for himself—and then appeared at the door to sell tickets and count the house; after all, funerals are only wasted on the dead.” —Vincent Canby, New York Times (1979)