Watch: All That Jazz 1979 123movies, Full Movie Online – Joe Gideon is a Broadway director, choreographer and filmmaker, he in the process of casting the chorus and staging the dance numbers for his latest Broadway show, starring his ex-wife Audrey Paris in what is largely a vanity project for her in playing a role several years younger than her real age, and editing a film he directed on the life of stand-up comic Davis Newman. Joe’s professional and personal lives are intertwined, he a chronic philanderer, having slept with and had relationships with a series of dancers in his shows, Victoria Porter, who he hired for the current show despite she not being the best dancer, in the former category, and Kate Jagger, his current girlfriend, in the latter category. That philandering has led to relationship problems, with Audrey during their marriage, and potentially now with Kate who wants a committed relationship with Joe largely in not wanting the alternative of entering the dating world again. Joe also lives a hard and fast life, he chain smoking, drinking heavily, listening to hard driving classical music and popping uppers to keep going. In addition to pressures from investors and meeting film deadlines above and beyond his own self-induced hard life, he is teetering on the brink physically and emotionally. With Kate, Audrey, and his and Audrey’s teenage daughter Michelle looking over him as best they can, Joe flirts with “Angelique” in the process, he potentially succumbing to her if he doesn’t listen to them or what his body is telling him..
Plot: Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him – his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills keep him going.
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One of the most gleefully indulgent, self-loathing films ever made- yet watchable as a train wreck, thanks to its bravery, wit and overall excellence.
Scheider is unexpectedly effective as the director’s mirror image, a talented louse who deserves what he gets. I can only imagine the smirk that must have been on Fosse’s face throughout this production. He doesn’t ask for forgiveness, he doesn’t try to justify Gideon’s behavior, and he certainly didn’t encourage Scheider to be sympathetic. “You’re right, I’m a bastard,” he seems to be saying.
While catchy and professional, the musical numbers (particularly the art direction and costumes) range from tasteless to bombastic- as they were intended, I think. The choreography is precise, the editing masterful, and the performances in sharp focus. These elements, plus the acerbically mournful script, make for a fascinating deconstruction of self to an extent rarely, if ever, seen in the movies.
Not every artist should think himself so interesting, but thankfully, both Fosse’s professional and personal life merited such honest examination. I can’t think of any of our more iconic filmmakers today who have been turned the camera back on themselves in such unflinching fashion.
Note: Among the direct parallels to Fosse’s actual career are “The Stand-Up” to “Lenny”, and Lithgow’s snooty Lucas Sergeant to theatre’s estimable Harold Prince.
Depressing but brilliant
The life and times of Bob Fosse–oops! sorry!–Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider). He directs, choreographs and writes Broadway musicals and the occasional movie. He also has sex with every woman he can, is a chronic smoker…there’s more but I don’t want to ruin it.
Basically, this is a character study and an absolutely fascinating one. This is Bob Fosse doing a movie about himself and showing his life in an extremely negative light. I saw this movie when it first came out in 1980. I thought it was one of the most depressing things I had ever seen–but went back to see it three additional times.
The acting is just great all across the board–Scheider is cast against type…and pulls it off. In fact he was nominated for an Academy Award for this performance (he lost to DeNiro for “Raging Bull”). Jessica Lange is playing…let’s call her Our Lady of the Oxygen Tank (you’ll see what I mean). Seriously, she has a difficult role and plays it beautifully.
The direction is superb, mixing fantasy with reality seamlessly. The songs are good and the dancing is just great (especially in one VERY erotic number about casual sex).
This movie is not for everyone–I know of one theatre in which half the audience walked out demanding their money back–but, if you’re game, you probably won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.
Depressing but just great. Fosse’s best film (even better than “Cabaret”!)
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min)
Genre Drama, Music, Musical
Director Bob Fosse
Writer Robert Alan Aurthur, Bob Fosse
Actors Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking
Country United States
Awards Won 4 Oscars. 12 wins & 14 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm