Each week we’re recommending a movie from the film lover’s favorite home video company, Criterion. The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film. This week, All That Jazz.
The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle.
Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, and Ben Vereen, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.
- 123 minutes
- Spine #724
- 4K digital restoration, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim
- Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider
- New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson
- New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi
- Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille
- Interviews with Fosse from 1981 and 1986
- On-set footage
- Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse
- The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film’s music
- Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing