DVD - 2022
It is a love letter from director Bertrand Tavernier to the heyday of bebop and to the Black American musicians who found refuge in the smoky underground jazz clubs of 1950s Paris. In a miraculous, sui generis fusion of performer and character that was nominated for an Oscar, legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, a brilliant New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction. Searching for a fresh start in Paris, Turner strikes up... an unlikely friendship with a struggling single father and ardent jazz fan who finds his life transformed as he attempts to help the self-destructive musician. Herbie Hancock's evocative, Oscar-winning score sets the mood for this definitive jazz film, a bittersweet opus that glows with a lived-in, soulful authenticity.
- Criterion collection ;
- Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington,, NY] :
The Criterion Collection
- Two-DVD special edition
- Item Description
- Inspired by the incidents in the lives of Francis Paudras & Bud Powell.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1986.
Wide screen (2.39:1).
Special features: New interview with jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins; New conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon; Before Midnight, a 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary by Jean Achache; Panel discussion from 2014 featuring Cuscuna, Maxine Gordon, director Bertrand Tavernier, and jazz scholar John Szwed, moderated by jazz critic and broadcaster Mark Ruffin; Performance from 1969 of "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon.
- Physical Description
- 2 videodiscs (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
- DVD, NTSC, region 1; wide screen; 2.0 stereo or 5.1 surround.
- MPA rating: R.
- Production Credits
- Director of photography, Bruno de Keyzer ; editor, Armand Psenny ; music, Herbie Hancock.
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