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All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical drama film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay, by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse, is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and career as a dancer, choreographer and director. It stars Roy Scheider, in a perhaps career best performance, as Joe Gideon (Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

The film was inspired by Fosse's manic effort to edit his film Lenny while simultaneously staging the 1975 Broadway musical Chicago. It borrows its title from the Kander and Ebb tune "All That Jazz" in that production. The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. Not for the faint-hearted, this movie is loaded with talent, beautiful and jarring images, and even a moral. Foss survived his hedonism and through this great film he sought to warn others away from its inevitable effects.