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Bird The year: 1946. The event: Oakland's "Jazz at the Philharmonic." The music streaked into the unknown, daring listeners to grab hold and fly there, too. On stage was the creator of those new sounds: Charles "Yardbird" Parker. In the crowd was the 16-year-old who would someday bring Parker's extraordinary story to the screen: Clint Eastwood. "Americans don't have any original art except Western movies and jazz," observes Eastwood. Movie fans, of course, know that few heroes sit as tall in the saddles as Eastwood. Now the legendary America icon, whose Dirty Harry films have been praised for their jazz scores, ventures deeper into that other original American art. Eastwood produces and directs Bird, a film burnished with the magic of that 1946 concert encounter between legend and future legend and honored with an Academy Award for Best Sound in its spellbinding recreation of a man and his music. Like jazz itself, Bird rings with counterpoints and embellishments. Past and future overlap as the film explores Yardbird's soaring skill and destructive excesses. Forest Walker (Good Morning Vietnam, The Color of Money), in his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor performance, is a candle ablaze at both ends as Parker. Diane Venora (Wolfen, Ironweed, F/X) shares that glorious light, winning the New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of steadfast wife Chan Parker. For Bird's wall-to-wall-to-everywhere digitally-processed Surround Stereo soundtrack, Eastwood went to the source: Parker's recordings (including cuts never before released). Backgrounds were electronically eliminated. These parker "solos" were then rerecorded with accompaniment by modern musicians attuned to Yardbird's bold improvisations. It's "like Bird was in the studio," says music supervisor Lennie Niehaus. He's elsewhere, too. That's why jazz buffs and now film fans have a saying 'Bird liv
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I almost have seen all the movies about Jazz. Some of them are good some not.
So far there are only a hand full of them that are good enough for me to watch them again which is BIRD, MO BETTER BLUES AND FABULOUS BAKER BOYS. All the other movies are so so.
And above those three, this movie is the best.
The movie is about the legendary saxophonist Charile parker. I am not a huge fan of his since most of his albums are recorded in mono.
But anyway,during watching this film, I almost cried watching Forest's acting. It is so real and touching.
Clint Eastwood have something that other people doesn't have. That is his warm heart. And that heart sometimes touches audience so deep that we as an audience can feel so deep and we just carry it for days. I also do know that he is a huge Jazz fan as well.
There are many good actors involved in this film and they are all good but since Forest was so good that I cannot but think about him after the show for so long. This movie is a must see music film for everyone.
160 mintes went so fast that I was surprised!!
I realize there has to be a movie here for people to be entertained by, so many liberties must be taken, but throw me a bone at least. At least give some chronology or a bit of background for the non hipsters who get very little from this farce. The empty chair that Eastwood was talking to at the convention must have written this script.
So I watched it again now to see if I felt any better about it after all these years. I didn't feel better and am sad that given the once in a lifetime chance to produce a way overdue Parker movie, we got this mish mash of 'stuff' that may or may not have ever happened.
It's worth a viewing if you are a Jazz Fan.