Unquestionably, one of the great American movies. Fosse expertly depicts the life of an artist -- constantly in love with everything, losing himself in the process -- with plenty of humor, but also a self-reflecting sense of tragedy. The people, the sets, the dance numbers, everything is beautiful and touching in a profoundly creative way. All That Jazz is indeed all that jazz.
Bob Fosse remakes 8 1/2, reclaiming rich-and-famous visually grandiose navel-gazing in the name of America, where it belongs. The film's triumph, aside from the style of every shot, is how it can portray show business as so rough and unsentimental yet so seductive at the same time. It's always a bad sign when the songs in a musical feel like they get in the way, but Jessica Lange can be my angel of death.
Bob Fosse uses a musical drama framework to tell a stylised version of his own life, warts and all. It's odd, sometimes overindulgent, full of great performances (with Roy Scheider superb in the lead role), and moves on from a slow, slightly muddled, start to become something quite spectacular. The finale alone makes this a worthwhile watch, but there are many other highlights to enjoy.
Incredible musical thats as heart aching as it is sexy. An impossible tone of impending doom and showmanship. Great songs, Fantastic performances and just an overall vibe that you shouldn't get mixing this subject matter with this genre. Amazing film. Highly recommend.
From the opening audition piece, to the final scenes, THIS film is genius. Awesome dance, awesome music, and the acting! Sometimes a musical just doesn't manage to have it all, THIS does. I implore anyone who hasn't seen it, to sit down, pour yourself a drink, or any other indulgences, and...Showtime Folks...!!! I re-visit this film at least twice a year, and it never fails to inspire and lift me. JOY.