All That Jazz is a self-important, egomaniacal, wonderfully choreographed, often compelling film which portrays the energetic life, and preoccupation with death, of a director-choreographer who ultimately suffers a heart attack.
The picture, reportedly based heavily on aspects of the real life of its director, Bob Fosse, deals with the director-choreographer Joe Gideon’s career and his involvements with women.
Roy Scheider gives a superb performance as Gideon, creating a character filled with nervous energy. Running from project to project, the film portrays Gideon completing work on one film while working simultaneously on another project.
The film’s major flaw lies in its lack of real explanation of what, beyond ego, really motivates Gideon.
1979: Best Art Direction, Adapted Score, Editing, Costume Design.
Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Roy Scheider), Original Screenplay, Cinematography