All That Jazz

Apparently Bob Fosse thought it 'foolish' to call All That Jazz self-indulgent. But he did direct, choreograph and co-write this musical comedy; it's about his life; it's very pleased with itself. As translated onto screen, his story is wretched: the jokes are relentlessly crass and objectionable; the song'n'dance routines have been created in the cutting-room and have lost any sense of fun; Fellini-esque moments add little but pretension; and scenes of a real open-heart operation, alternating with footage of a symbolic Angel of Death in veil and white gloves, fail even in terms of the surreal.

Release details

Duration: 123 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bob Fosse
Screenwriter: Robert Alan Aurthur, Bob Fosse
Cast: Roy Scheider
Jessica Lange
Ann Reinking
Leland Palmer
Cliff Gorman
Ben Vereen

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Ian K Shields

Critics who pan a work of art as "self-indulgent" and "pleased with itself" are the surest examples of people who have no personality or self-esteem of their own, and don't want others to have any either. (PS: The five stars are for Fosse's flamboyant masterpiece of a film, not for the shrimpy review.)

Ian K Shields

Critics who pan a work of art as "self-indulgent" and "pleased with itself" are the surest examples of people who have no personality or self-esteem of their own, and don't want others to have any either. (PS: The five stars are for Fosse's flamboyant masterpiece of a film, not for the shrimpy review.)