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All That Jazz

Roy Scheider might well be advised to have a nice lie down here, as the all-singing, all-dancing, all-choreographing, all Lenny Bruce-biopic-editing, all-womanising, all-pill-popping protagonist of Bob ‘Cabaret’ Fosse’s all-self-loathing autobiographical musical. Top quality set pieces and brilliant editing, but it’s essentially a jaded man throwing sugar-coated cynicism about showbiz at the screen one minute and kitchen sink wallowing in self-pity the next (the final, drawn-out deathbed fantasy would seem beyond the pale if you didn’t know Fosse had kicked it for real a few years later), so not one for those who don’t like their musicals any ‘darker’ than 42nd Street.

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