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All That Jazz

Roy Scheider in ‘All That Jazz’

On the heels of the Film Comment Selects 2014 lineup announcement, we’re sticking with New York for the moment to point first to two pieces on musicals screening in the Museum of the Moving Image and Reverse Shot‘s See it Big! series.

First up, Melissa Anderson for Artforum on Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz: “This phenomenal 1979 film, a work of ‘depressive exhilaration,’ in the astute words of Sam Wasson, author of the excellent, recently published biography Fosse, was the director’s third (and final) Hollywood musical, following Sweet Charity (1969), an adaptation of Fosse’s 1966 stage production of the same name, and Cabaret (1972). All three movies are obsidian prisms reflecting the darker, seamier aspects of show business, informed by the desperate ambience that Fosse observed first-hand as a teenage dancer in the burlesque halls of his native Chicago. Those formative, often scarring years as an entertainer are re-presented in All That Jazz, in which Fosse’s self-regard is no match for his self-excoriation.”

“For those weaned on the cropped and cluttered television version of The Sound of Music, the widescreen view on film, in its full form, is like a breeze of crisp Alpine air.” At Reverse Shot, Genevieve Yue urges you to catch it if you can on Saturday.

Here in Keyframe, Steven Erickson talks with Alain Guiraudie about Stranger by the Lake, one of the films screening in the Film Society of Lincoln Center series Alain Guiraudie: King of Escape (Friday through January 30). And Paul Dallas recommends Guiraudie’s “breakthrough short feature” That Old Dream That Moves (2001).

Also at the L, Aaron Cutler recommends Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică’s Videograms of a Revolution (1992), screening on Saturday as part of Ways of Seeing: Four Films by Harun Farocki at Spectacle.

Tomorrow, Light Industry will be screening Nineteen Films by Kurt Kren.

San Francisco. Fandor’s own Anne Hockens and, in the Bay Guardian, Dennis Harvey preview Noir City 12, the International Edition, opening on Friday and running through February 2. Also in the SFBG, Cheryl Eddy previews African Film Festival 2014, running from Saturday through February 26.

Toronto and Vancouver. Winter brings not one but two Godard retrospectives to Canada. TIFF Cinematheque’s Godard Forever: Part One, opens tomorrow and runs through February 13. And Jean-Luc Cinéma Godard opens on February 6 at Vancouver’s Cinematheque; showtimes are pretty erratic, but it’ll last about a month.

London. The Whitechapel Gallery’s announced the UK’s first Chris Marker retrospective: April 16 through June 22.

Frankfurt. Fassbinder NOW, the exhibition on view at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt through June 1, offers “a unique opportunity to consider the still image isolated from its original context,” writes Jon Dieringer, introducing a photo gallery at Time.

Vienna. Hala Lotfy’s Coming Forth By Day (2012) screens tomorrow and Sunday at the Austrian Film Museum.

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