All That Jazz: Special Edition (20th Century Fox)

Video and DVD

All That Jazz: Special Edition

1979, Rated R

One of the most iconic musical films of all time, Bob Fosse's All That Jazz is an essential dramatized portrait of the man who single-handedly shaped the vernacular of jazz dance. Fosse co-wrote and directed the heavily stylized, choreographed and composed movie about his addictions to women, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and, most of all, dance. Fosse's alter ego Joe Gideon (brilliantly played by Roy Scheider) is a womanizing choreographer reflecting on his life and career with a scantily clad angel (Jessica Lange) between a workaholic schedule spent editing a stand-up comedy movie and directing a Broadway musical. Flashbacks, flash-forwards, real-time episodes and "Fosse" time sequences combine to fulfill a tapestry of an obsessive artist coming to grips with his mortality when a heart attack threatens to take everything away. The best of this edition's many special features is an informative audio commentary track by film editor Alan Heim discussing the film's various back-stories and minutia. (Cole Smithey) Grade: B+

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