Jazz great Dexter Gordon plays a brilliant, self-destructive, African American musician who moves to Paris in the 1950s to find an audience more appreciative of his art--and more accepting of his race. There a young, female fan bonds with the talented musician, but even her affection may not be enough to save him from alcoholism, drug addiction and depression in this deeply human drama probing the price a great artist must pay for his gift.]]>
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This film shames efforts like "Lady Sings the Blues" because of its stark reality. There is no glossing over and memorializing Dale Turner in the movie. He's there with all his warts for all the world to see. This wasn't a star vehicle like "Lady..." was for Ross. This may be the most honest film ever made.
The tone of the film is wistful and tragic as it follows Turner's struggle as an artist creating incredible beauty but destroying himself with alcoholism, and the desperate attempts of his friend to save him (if you like happy stories over realism, stick to your standard Hollywood fare). Tavernier defied the movie studio by insisting that real-life jazz tenor sax great Dexter Gordon (who himself played with Bud Powell in Paris in the 50's) play the role of Turner (he also helped to revise and rewrite the script). Gordon has a soft, but gravelly voice that is difficult to understand on first listen, but his acting is top-notch (he is after all, playing someone he knew, as well as himself to some extent) and he nails one scene after another. He captures Turner's struggle with disillusionment, death, loneliness, paternalism, racism, and the constant pressure to create art to a T.
I don't think you need to like jazz to like this film, but it probably wouldn't hurt.Read more ›
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A person must truly be aware of who the main character was, in real life, to appreciate this film. The film is extremely boring, but it serves a purpose: to get a glimpse of the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Douglas Benoit
I got a DVD impossible to play - wrong area!! I have complained, but I haven't got an answer. Too bad!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a great Jazz fan and have around 4000 CDs and jazz Records.
After I saw this film, there was nothing left but only beautiful music. Read more
Excellent movie. My instructor had us look at movie and give the conditions of the person and write a plan of action to help this person off of alcohol/drugs anything else he may... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hilda Thomasine Wren
First: if you are not a jazz musician or drawn to Bud Powell (or to a degree, the expat American jazz musician scene in Paris), you may wonder why I awarded this five stars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike Tarrani
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