|'ROUND MIDNIGHT (director/writer: Bertrand Travernier; screenwriter: David Rayfiel; cinematographer: Bruno de Keyzer; editor: Armand Psenny; music: Herbie Hancock; cast: Dexter Gordon (Dale Turner), Francois Cluzet (Francis Borler), Gabrielle Haker (Berangere), Sandra Reaves-Phillips (Buttercup), John Berry (Ben), Herbie Hancock (Eddie Wayne); Runtime: 131; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Irwin Winkler; Warner Home Video; 1986)|
homage to be-bop."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Bertrand Travernier'
wonderful offbeat homage to be-bop and to the black
jazz musicians who made Paris their hangout during the
late 1950s. The jazz film is dedicated to jazz greats
Bud Powell and Lester Young. The screenplay is
authored by Travernier and the American
David Rayfiel. The
63-year-old Dexter Gordon, a veteran jazz sax
performer, is cast as the world-weary lead--a blend of
Bud Powell and Lester Young. The pic is a studio film,
shot almost entirely in the Epinay studios
north of Paris. What it has going for it is the
authentic smoky atmosphere of jazz, where life is
boozy, drug-induced and harrowing but the jazz sounds
soulful and penetrating. This is a jazz film for the
serious lover of jazz.
Gordon's performance is larger than life. Herbie
Hancock's soundtrack is cool.
REVIEWED ON 3/30/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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