“I think we just lost the family audience.”
The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, cinematographer and inventor Nic Sadler joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Bob Fosse’s 1979 film All That Jazz.
We talk about the incredible honesty with which Fosse made this semi-autobiographical film and why it resonates so well with us. We discuss how challenging the film is and why that might be a good thing. We talk about the incredible editing by Alan Heim which the Motion Picture Editors Guild lists as the 4th best edited film, and why it sets a high bar. We of course chat about one of our favorites – Roy Scheider – and how he truly ruled the 70s. We dig into why cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno shot scenes the way he did, notably the readthrough where Joe has his heart attack. And we talk to Sadler about his own cinematography, notably the recent film Coherence, and how the filmmakers accomplished so much with so little.
It’s a brilliant (but challenging) film that celebrates filmmaking as much as it shows the negative side of success. We have a blast talking about it with Sadler so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.