Wednesday, September 03, 2008
ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, USA, Bob Fosse)
ALL THAT JAZZ (1979, USA, Bob Fosse, screenplay with Robert Alan Aurthur)
More-or-less autobiography, the sordid life and transcendent death of a promiscuous, substance-and-people-abusing, death-preoccupied (or God-preoccupied) dancer/choreographer. Roy Scheider plays Gideon, who's no angel; Jessica Lange plays Angelique, who may be. Priest/novelist/sociologist Andrew Greeley celebrates the film as the perfect paradigm of his "sociological theory of the religious imagination": religion as experience, image, and story. TimeOut hates it. Anyway, the dancing's great.