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Louis Armstrong - Satchmo

4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Louis Armstrong
  • Directors: Gary Giddins
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U2EH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Scott R. Harding on February 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
It's my first semester teaching a general-student Jazz History course, and I wanted something beyond the textbook to get the students involved. I bought this video as a "best-of-all-options" choice, and was bowled over by it's thoroughness and attention to detail. Everything we'd discussed about Armstrong during class was there on the tape, reinforcing my lectures and giving the kids a nice opportunity to both hear AND see the legendary Louis. For pure entertainment alone it was worthwhile, but for instructional purposes I'd consider it a necessity for any future jazz classes I'd teach. I paid $16 bucks for it, but having seen it I think I'd've paid fifty! (Shh! Don't tell Amazon!)
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This biography is very well produced and is worth the money just for the performance scenes. I find myself watching certain segments over and over. Watching Louis and Jack Teagagarden performing Rockin' Chair or the older clips of a young Louis performing in Denmark are just pure joy. A clip from the movie New Orleans with Louis and Billie Holiday is a show-stopper. I absolutely love this DVD and highly recommend it to anyone who is a Louis Armstrong fan.
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Satchmo is a the second DVD in a series of 9 documentaries dealing with classic jazz artists that had a strong influence on the evolution of jazz. This DVD traces Armstrong's life from his upbringing in New Orleans through his travels on the road as a singer, songwriter, and actor, as well as discussing his impact on the civil rights movement. The documentary very capably showed the breadth of Armstrong's talents with footage of Armstrong's appearances in both early and later movies, footage of concert performances spanning 4 decades and even his cameo appearance in a Betty Boop cartoon!!
I found it especially interesting how Armstrong influenced other artists; commentary was given by jazz critics, contemporary peers such as Dexter Gordon and Tony Bennett, and artists he influenced such as Wynton Marsallis. This articulate documentary brought Louis to life, both as an artist as well as a person. I can't wait to get the documentaries on Monk and 'Trane.
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I strongly disagree with the other reviews. While the DVD is a good documentary of Louis Armstrong's life, it only has "imbedded" songs, and the menus (indexes) are not set up to go to the songs, so you have to search for them. Unless you enjoy watching the documentary over and over, this is not the way to enjoy his music. I wish I could view the songs without having to shift though a bunch of commentary. I wanted to watch him perform "What a Wonderful World", but it only had about a thirty second clip of that song, and there were no views of Satchmo performing that song . . . it only had a video of people showing their respect at Satchmo funeral. There really was only a couple songs showing Satchmo singing the entire song. Really disappointing throughtout.
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By A Customer on November 22, 2000
Format: DVD
If you really like Louis Armstrong, I advise you to watch this title.
This title is not to show Louis' concert but to show Louis' whole life. This is a kind of a documentary.
It was a great joy for me to see Louis Armstrong in his childhood. Besides, I was much happier to hear his clear voice in his childhood.
Although the quality of the pictures and the sound is not good enough, I highly recommend you to watch this title if you really like Louis Armstron.
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