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Beyond the Canon: Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling + All That Jazz

Sat, May 18, 2019
  • 2PM
RUN TIME: 220min
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)
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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

Dir. Richard Pryor
With Pryor, Debbie Allen, Art Evans
1986, 97min, 35mm


Richard Pryor’s startlingly raw, criminally underseen spin on the filmed autobiography. Recovering from third-degree burns, superstar comic Jo Jo Dancer looks back on growing up in a small-town bordello, working his way through the lower echelons of the nightclub circuit (enacting Pryor’s great “Mafia club” routine), and finally getting swallowed up by the LA drug scene. Any resemblance to Pryor is, of course, purely coincidental.

All That Jazz

Dir. Bob Fosse
With Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer

1979, 123min, DCP


Groundbreaking choreographer Bob Fosse casts a jaundiced eye on his own life and career in this woundingly autobiographical, art-as-exorcism backstage drama. A brilliant Roy Scheider plays the director’s stand-in, a pill-popping, death-haunted showbiz veteran who looks back on his life in a series of audaciously over-the-top, Felliniesque flights of fancy that push the musical form to new heights of psychodramatic excess.

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling + All That Jazz
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling + All That Jazz
In both films, there’s a smorgasbord of substances on offer: dexedrine, methamphetamine, cocaine, and alcohol are maybe the most consistent parts of these men’s celebrity lives. With all their career twists, dalliances and divorces, they lean heavily on their addictions, and often those addictions lean back on them.

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