Friday, May 6, 2011
All That Jazz
I liked this movie. Roy Scheider is very convincing as a womanizing, hard-living director/choreographer. There is some pretty weird fantasy-sequence stuff in here, like Jessica Lange playing a flirtatious angel of death, and some people dressed as circulatory systems dancing to a jazzed-up version of "Bye Bye Love" in front of a giant plastic curtain. Both of Roy Scheider's love interests are interesting and his relationships with them feel real. (Ann Reinking is so beautiful!) Watching this movie reminded me of a very strong desire I once had, to be an aspiring Broadway dancer in the late 70s/early 80s and wear matte leotards and sheer black tights and have a cloud of beautiful frizzy hair. It also made me wish there were more crazy autobiographical movies like this one and fewer bland biopics.