A jazz movie whose form and narration do not progress in a linear fashion but follow the highly evocative arrangement which Eastwood chose to recount the life of Charlie Parker. The complex personality and genius of the great saxophonist are composed through episodes, film clips, and suggestions. The Technical Grand Prize for the soundtrack and Best Actor Award to Forest Whitaker at Cannes in 1988; the Oscar for Best Sound and a Golden Globe for Best Director in 1989.
The life, “miracles,” and death of Leon Bix Beiderbecke, the extraordinary white cornettist who was born in Davenport (Iowa) in 1903 and died in New York in 1931 from alcoholism. Avati films on location and evokes a jazz legend through many flashbacks, searching for the lights and shadows of a vastly successful musician who was also an expert piano player, but who drowned himself in his self-destructive urge while History ran its course.
A biopic about the youth, musical vocation, love, first orchestra, and first legendary success at Carnegie Hall, of the famous clarinetist Benny Goodman (Steve Allen), who was known during the 1930s as the “King of Swing.” Besides Donna Reed, the cast includes many musicians portraying themselves, from Gene Kupra to Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, and Harry James. The movie has 16 songs, all worth listening to, and, if you can’t manage to sit still, to dance to.
The story of Glenn Miller, one of the jazz players who made the sound of 20th century American music between the two wars. From his first professional disappointments, to the creation of his famous big band and his love story with his wife Helen Burger (June Allyson), all the way to his tragic death in an airplane crash in June 1944. The star of the movie is James Stewart, his first non-western collaboration with the director Anthony Mann.
One of the greatest piano players of all time, recounted through thirty-one short films (the 32nd is the entire movie) which recount his life and genius like the tesserae of a mosaic. Clips from documentaries alternate with interviews and imaginative reconstructions, in which Gould is portrayed by Colm Feore. Directed by François Girard, who also wrote the screenplay with Don McKellar, the film won four Genie Awards, the “Canadian Oscars.”