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Greenberg and Other Character Studies
Posted March 08, 2010 to photo album "Greenberg and Other Character Studies"
Noah Baumbach’s comedy Greenberg probes the psyche of a man in search of himself. We consider other films that study character.
Slide 11: All That Jazz - Character study as musical
Probably no genre seems farther from doubling as a character study as the musical, but Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, a frenzied autobiographical fantasy about a director-choreographer who is quickly killing himself with Dexedrine, alcohol, work, cocaine, Visine, Alka-Seltzer, and sex, is also a profound psychological portrait of a man, Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), dealing with his morality and sense of self worth. Fosse once quipped, “My friends know that to me happiness is when I am merely miserable and not suicidal." And in the film, the character’s happy misery stems from his insatiable (and impossible) desire to make everything he does (dance, film, love) perfect, while sabotaging the results in the process.