Part of our MUSICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND series. Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 10:30a, The Vista: ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, Fox, dir by Bob Fosse, 35mm with DCP back-up)
In 1979, Bob Fosse made his best movie, one of the best movies of the 1970’s, and one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. All That Jazz.
By all measures, it should not have worked. Fosse, in telling a baldly autobiographical story where the main character played by Roy Schneider is clearly Fosse himself, was taking direct inspiration from Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 (even going as far as using Fellini’s cinematographer). Fosse populated the movie with pre-existing songs rather than original numbers penned for the movie itself.
And Fosse used as the fulcrum of the movie, a lightly fictionalized version of the musical Chicago which he had just choreographed to great acclaim.
This could have been a total self-indulgent ego trip.
How it is somehow so brilliantly self-aware that it is a total self-indulgent ego trip and an exuberant, utterly cinematic, deeply warm and humanistic masterpiece at the same time is what makes All That Jazz one of the great American movie musicals.
Interestingly, Fosse is actually just following a long line of movie musicals dedicated to the subject of the manic often all-consuming task of putting on a hit Broadway play. Busby Berkeley and Warner Brothers basically told the same story in their 1933 hit 42nd Street (which we show in August). And actors as varied as Warren Baxter and Jimmy Cagney had all taken cracks at the role of the diabolically driven Broadway director who drives his cast and crew to exhaustion in the search of some kind of artistic perfection.
What makes Fosse’s movie somehow rise above them all is Fosse’s clear awareness that this manic artistic drive comes at the cost of almost every relationship in a person’s life. We watch painfully and comically as Fosse ruins his marriage, his relationship with his daughter, his girlfriend, his actors, his producers, and drives himself towards an early grave with chain smoking, drinking, drug taking.
Yet Fosse himself, at the center of it all, is an irrepressible force of life and this force of life exudes out of every pore of this movie like a burning sun that will not accept the night.
And of course that last number: Bye Bye Love. If you have never seen this movie, nothing will prepare you for the curtain drop on the excesses of the 1970’s that is the last 10 minutes of All That Jazz. . .
35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer
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