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It is no secret that the cinema canon has historically skewed toward lionizing the white, male auteur. This monthly series seeks to question that history and broaden horizons by pairing one much-loved, highly regarded, canonized classic with a thematically or stylistically-related—and equally brilliant—work by a filmmaker traditionally excluded from that discussion. On May 18, BAM will screen Richard Pryor’s sole directorial effort, the inventive and deeply autobiographical Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (1986) with Bob Fosse’s self-lacerating, Felliniesque musical All That Jazz (1979).