All That Jazz (1979)

 all that jazz“This chick, man, without the benefit of dying herself, has broken down the process of dying into five stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Sounds like a Jewish law firm. ‘Good morning, Angerdenialbargainingdepressionacceptance!’.” – Davis Newman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jun 2014)

Brief Synopsis – An overworked theater director doesn’t slow down as he continues his womanizing and drug use no matter how much his friends and family try to help.

My Take on it – Bob Fosse supposedly based much of this movie on his own experiences when he has a nervous breakdown in the mid-70’s.

Roy Scheider is great here eventhough his character isn’t very likeable.  This is one of his best roles regardless.

The music and choreography are superbly done, but this movie’s plot and script leave a lot to be desired.  The transitions between reality and fantasy were not completely clear and eventhough I’m sure that this was done on purpose, it was detrimental to the storyline IMHO.

Bottom Line –  Good music and choreography, but I felt the plot was missing key elements.  Great performance by Scheider, but that’s pretty much all this movie has to offer.  This is supposedly somewhat of an autobiography of Director Bob Fosse near death breakdown in the mid-70’s.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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