21 June 2009

Bye Bye Love, Bye Bye Life

So Billy Joel is getting his third divorce. This made me think of death, as in the death of a marriage. Which made me think of the ending to All That Jazz, Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film from 1979. Roy Scheider and Ben Vereen perform a reworking of the Everly Brothers' classic "Bye Bye Love" that references, among other songs, two Billy Joel tunes, "Stiletto" and "Captain Jack", as Scheider's character says farewell to his family, friends, lovers, and colleagues and then sashays into the hereafter.

Bye bye life...I think I'm gonna die!

And yes, that's Jessica Lange as the Angel of Death.

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