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All That Jazz [1979] [DVD]

Roy Scheider , Jessica Lange , Bob Fosse    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Cliff Gorman
  • Directors: Bob Fosse
  • Writers: Bob Fosse, Robert Alan Aurthur
  • Producers: Daniel Melnick, Kenneth Utt, Robert Alan Aurthur, Wolfgang Glattes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006420H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,071 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Choreographer-turned-director Bob Fosse turns the camera on himself in All That Jazz, a nervy, sometimes unnerving 1979 feature, a nakedly autobiographical piece that veers from gritty drama to razzle-dazzle musical, allegory to satire. It's an indication of his bravura, and possibly his self-absorption, that Fosse (who also co-wrote the script) literally opens alter ego Joe Gideon's heart in a key scene--an unflinching glimpse of cardiac surgery, shot during an actual open-heart procedure.

Roy Scheider makes a brave and largely successful leap out of his usual romantic lead roles to step into Gideon's dancing pumps and supplies a plausible sketch of an extravagant, self-destructive, self-loathing creative dynamo, while Jessica Lange serves as a largely allegorical Muse, one of the various women that the philandering Gideon pursues (and usually abandons). Gideon's other romantic partners include Fosse's own protégé (and a major keeper of his choreographic style since his death) Ann Reinking, whose leggy grace is seductive both "onstage" and off.

Fosse/Gideon's collision course with mortality, as well as his priapic obsession with the opposite sex, may offer insights into the libidinal core of the choreographer's dynamic, sexualised style of dance, but musical aficionados will be forgiven for fast-forwarding to cut out the self-analysis and focus on the music, period. At its best--as in the knockout opening, scored to George Benson's strutting version of "On Broadway", which fuses music, dance and dazzling camera work into a paean to Fosse's hoofer nation--All That Jazz offers a sequence of classic Fosse numbers--hard-edged, caustic and joyously physical. --Sam Sutherland

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Bob Fosse's spellbinding film celebrates show business stripped of glamour or dizzy illusions - with great dancing an
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1979. Roy Scheider Jessica Lange And Ann Reinking. A Semi-Autobiographical account of the Life of celebrated writer/director/choreographer Bob Fosse. Region 2 DVD This DVD is encoded for viewing in the UK Europe the Middle East &amp Japan. It may NOT be viewable in other countries. If in doubt check with the manufacturer of your DVD player before ordering.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dance / Musical I ever saw! 15 Aug 2003
By CjW TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Classic tongue in cheek musical razzmatazz of the stage musical scene. Roys classis cigarette in the shower and the musical deathbed scenes are brilliant and a pertinent anti-smoking jibe.
The raunchy dance scenes are a cut above any new muscial movies.
The production is brilliant and the phrase -"Bring on the dancing girls" (...) is now the common medical phrase used in my profession!
This is a classic film which so many have tried to emulate, mostly failing. It has to be seen to be believed - but you need some imagaination to see the plot; because it has a very clear message and good story line, not just an excuse to have girls dancing as in other movies.
Now converted to DVD for the popular market.
Get it and marvel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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(THE FILM)Part tragic, part comic, this outrageous look at life in the fast lane is the Academy Award-winning musical about Bob Fosse's excessive life in show business ( Roy Scheider). Dazzlingly presented, this electrifying story about the perils of pushing yourself too hard is filled with Fosse's legendary song-and-dance choreography.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
The line between genius and madness is often thin, often exceeded. This was the case for the late Bob Fosse, a man of many talents and an even larger collection of vices. Director, choreographer, writer, womanizer, drug addict and alcoholic, this man embraced all that life had without any concern for restraint. Made eight years before his death 'All That Jazz' is a self indulgent man's look back at his life. Unlike many autobiographical works this one show its creator in the best of life. Fosse's screen alter ego Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is running out of time with so much yet to do. He has ruined his marriage to Audrey (Leland Palmer), practically ignores his daughter (Erzsebet Foldi), cheats on his girlfriend Kate (Ann Reinking) all while being the choreographer for his ex-wife's Broadway show and directing a film centered around a stand up comic. Throughout the film there is a running dialogue between Joe and Angelique (Jessica Lange), the mutual flirting, the painful revealed truths and the revelations of memories, you see Angelique is not a typical girl of the week for Joe; she is the angel of death. While Joe lies to almost everyone else his is brutally honest with Angelique. Joe, aka Fosse, is a man capable of much passion but his tragic flaw is the man is completely self absorbed. He turns his wife's production from a child-like musical into one of the most steamy, erotic dance numbers every presented on screen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing to beat those feet! 22 Feb 2010
By Taz
Format:DVD
One of the most influential and innovative pieces ever. Required viewing for anyone serious about dance - whether as a dancer or a watcher.

I am not a dancer, but whenever I watch this, and however many times I do, I have to remember to breathe.

and when it is over it lingers

like all the very best musicals ...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best musical / dance I ever saw 8 Aug 2003
By CjW TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Classic tongue in cheek musical razzmatazz of the stage musical scene. Roys classis cigarette in the shower and the musical deathbed scenes are brilliant and a pertinent anti-smoking jibe.
The raunchy dance scenes are a cut above any new muscial movies.
The production is brilliant and the phrase -"Bring on the dancing girls" before Roy dies is now the common medical phrase used in my profession!
This is a classic film which so many have tried to emulate, mostly failing. It has to be seen to be believed - but you need some imagaination to see the plot; because it has a very clear message and good story line, not just an excuse to have girls dancing as in other movies.
Needs to be converted to DVD for the popular market, but at this price the cassette is very affordable. Get it and marvel.
CjW
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Dance film ever made. 20 Jun 2013
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Saw this at Warwick University Arts Centre in 1984. Liked it so much I went to see it again the following night. The film hasn't dated at all and is utterly unique, there is no other film like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Indulgence 24 Nov 2010
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I understand that 'All That Jazz' was Bob Fosse's tribute to himself, rather like Fellini's 8 and a half was to him. Whilst this inevitably results in touches of self absorption, pity and narcissism, Mr Fosse has given us some of the greatest and most admired musical films, ever, where he combined human tragedy with artistic spectacle and the sense of really getting the most from his stars.

The star in this is the choreography and its interpretation. Running alongside and crossing between outer body experience and real life but that line being somewhat blurred, Roy Scheider is always at loggerheads between his artistic and excess-all-areas lifestyle, with the results thereof introducing themselves in various forms.

The censors, producers, doctors, lovers, cast members and cigarettes all have a big role in his daily battles, but at the end of the day, we are all immortal and are just a body with a brain in its skull. Don't let me put you off...it's largely entertaining, hugely at times but never too dark or morose. Just don't expect all sweetness and light with joyous numbers.

It's Cabaret without Liza Minnelli, but with a somewhat bitter genius who doesn't sing, or dance. Enjoyed the former? Then you'll get a lot from 'All That Jazz'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All That Jazz
One of my favourite films, I could watch it over and over again. Any cold wet afternoons I have spare I will be on the sofa watching All that Jazz again.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. J. Bonham
3.0 out of 5 stars All That Jazz
Delivery was very prompt - The film itself is a biographical account of Fosse's life in his later years. . Read more
Published 3 months ago by VivSi
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
found it a bit drawn out and did not enjoy the film as much as I had hoped I would
Published 16 months ago by S.E. Bullard
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This is one of the best musicals ever and Roy Scheider is truly amazing. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who loves cinema.
Published 19 months ago by Bernardo
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointment
Unusual - I like the song 'All that Jazz' and thought from the description that All that Jazz was a musical like Chicago or Oklahoma or Mike and Mabel . Read more
Published 20 months ago by GS
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Very, very disappointed with this film . Not my cup of tea at all. Some parts were clever but on the whole boring and will end up in the bin. !
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars From a frustated dancer!
Absolutely love Fosse's stuff, and having always wanted to be a "proper" dancer, watch all his moves with bated breath
Published on 27 April 2011 by winowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
It's amazing, I love this film so much. Amazing dancing, music and the acting is just outstanding! I recommend this film if you love musicals and/or Bob Fosse. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by M. Emma Lang
2.0 out of 5 stars bob fosse
DISSAPPOINTED IN THIS FILM I PREFER ALL SINGING ALL DANCING MUSICALS SHOULD HAVE READ THE RESUME NOT THE SELLERS FAULT NOT TO MY TASTE ALTHOUGH I AM A GREAT FAN OF FOSSE AND I DO... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by maisie dotes
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