A contrast in musicals
Take a step into British cinematic history at the Regent Street Cinema. It was the first place in the country to ever show moving pictures, kickstarting British cinema with a screening of Cinematographe in 1986. This double bill is a contrast in musicals: one a Oscar-lauded classic, the other from an Oscar-winning director, a gem in need of rediscovering. Bob Fosse's All That Jazz won four Oscars. It's an extraordinary musical exploration of life, death and the sacrifices we make for art. Roy Scheider delivers a career-best performance as the director's alter-ego, and the film constantly dazzles with its exhilarating spectacle and emotional honesty. On the other hand, Francis Ford Coppola gambled everything on One From The Heart – a neon-lit romantic fantasy – and lost. The film's failure in 1982 left him bankrupt, but it's impossible to deny the beauty, passion and reckless ambition on display here. This a musical to rediscover and fall in love with. All That Jazz: certificate 15; runtime 2 hours 3 minutes. One From The Heart: certificate 12A; runtime 1 hour 47 minutes.
"A self-important, egomaniacal, wonderfully choreographed, often compelling film which portrays the energetic life, and preoccupation with death, of a director-choreographer."