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Life After Django Reinhardt (2011)

Romane , Tchavolo Schmitt , Olivier Kowalski  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Romane, Tchavolo Schmitt, David Reinhardt, Angelo Debarre, Elios Ferre
  • Directors: Olivier Kowalski
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053XZ9D2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Django Reinhardt, the Roma genius, born to Gypsy parents in 1910, is considered by many to be the single most important guitarist in the entire history of jazz. To honor the 100th anniversary of Django's birth, one hundred of his disciples, including his grandson David Reinhardt, have gathered together for the Django 100 Centennial Tour -- traveling the world to pay homage to this exceptional type-setter who marked the 20th century.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful tribute to this artist June 11, 2012
Format:DVD
Anyone who might have been put off by "Beth"s review missed out, big time. This isn't a primer of Django Reinhart's music that you can put on while you are trying to impress your friends at a dinner party. If you want that, buy a "greatest-hits" CD.

This is a beautifully crafted and touching tribute to this artist by the musicians who were so captivated by his playing that they immediately began to play in his style. Just the sight of the Django 100, in studio, was enough to put a lump in my throat. The brotherhood of these musicians is so strong and touching.

I recommend this to Django fans, to guitarists, percussionists, Francophiles, and just to lovers of the passion that music can inspire in people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one drawback October 1, 2013
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This is an excellent video for both jazz fans and novices. Followers, family and musicologists discuss the great legacy of Django Reinhardt as they begin to gather for the 100 Django commemorative event. There is only one drawback to this film: there appears to be no soundtrack available! Curses!
Anyway, enjoy this incredibly sweet and joyous celebration of Django's music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 guitarists play Minor Swing October 7, 2012
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A great video of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the world's greatest guitarist, Django Reinhardt. 100 guitarists gather to pay honor to Django including his grandson David as well as other stellar guitarists in this genre that include Tchavolo Schmitt, Romane, Angelo Debarre and Boulou Ferrer. It is a French movie with subtitles but don't let that put you off. The music was invented in France. You will hear some history as well as some great performances surrounded by the picturesque ambience of Samois sur Seine. Musique directement à partir du caeur. Vive Django Reinhardt.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drooling Fanboy Documentary April 30, 2013
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There are only a few minutes of enjoyment in this video, which I watched via Netflix. The idea of assembling a large group of players to "pay homage" to Django is a good one. I love Django, and that's the reason this documentary annoyed me.

What I was hoping for (and perhaps expecting) was a documentary that was about Django. It is not. It is a documentary about his drooling French fanboys. Here is the documentary in a nutshell. They interview a bunch of guitar players (only guitar players mind you-no simple music lovers) about the impact Django still has on their lives, years after he's been gone. Each one of them rambles about him, basically calling him "God." They show footage of some of them playing his songs, and then the huge gathering in a studio. Most of them are great players, though one of them is so incredibly annoying (a hard plucker of the strings...incessantly hard plucking)I wanted to book a flight so I could smash his guitar over his head.

I love Django. I want to learn about him. I don't give a sweet turd about what someone, whose pride in his music stems mostly from their common geography, has to say about him.

Oh, and near the end...one or two of them happen to mention Stephane Grapelli's invlovement. Django was a tremendous player-his injury was never apparent in his playing. It deserves mentioning simply because he played so brilliantly despite it. But, Grapelli as an afterthought is such a shame.

This is not a documentary for Django lovers. If you already know who he is-don't bother. This is a documentary for people who've never heard of him, or for people who enjoy watching others worship him.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Talk November 20, 2011
By Beth
Format:DVD
Unless you can understand French, or are buying this for the performance of Minor Swing only, don't bother. It's mostly talk (in French) and the subtitles are not readable most of the time. I was hoping for more music. If you do buy it, don't get thrown by the previews at the beginning. The menu doesn't appear until later. We thought we had mistakenly received the wrong DVD.
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