All That Jazz
(1979) is Bob Fosse
's gimlet-eyed take on an especially hectic moment in his creative life: directing and choreographing the Broadway musical Chicago
while also directing the film version of Lenny
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, Joe Gideon, spends the film smoking, drinking, womanizing, and popping pills, all the while flirting with the Angel of Death. The various women in his life look on with love, helplessness, or just plain exasperation. Between bouts of indulgence, he tirelessly works on his film, The Stand-Up
, and choreographs some brilliant musical numbers.
The opening audition sequence, set to George Benson's rendition of "On Broadway," has been endlessly imitated (Staying Alive
, the film version of A Chorus Line
, etc., etc., etc.). One of Paula Abdul's music videos paid homage to "Airotica," the second half of the "NY/LA" number.
Written by Fosse and Robert Alan Aurthur, directed and choreographed by Fosse. It won Academy Awards for Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, and Score. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Director (Fosse), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Actor (Roy Scheider
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