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Bye Bye Bob

Published Friday, September 23, 2011 @ 4:23 AM EDT
Sep 23 2011

You can't think of Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) and not remember "Bye Bye Life," the spectacular ending of his semi-autobiographical All That Jazz (1979).

(YouTube video of the "Bye Bye Life" finale. Warning: contains brief nudity.)

When it's time to shuffle off this mortal coil, most just limp into an ill-defined tunnel with a light at its end. Fosse's Joe Gideon character does it with a Palme d'Or-winning Broadway finale.

The ending is abrupt and unsettling. Only Fosse could blend body bags and Ethel Merman and make it work.

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