The Zen Of Bennett (2012)
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This documentary is a seductive and soulful view into the mind of singer Tony Bennett as well as an intimate portrait of the artist's creative process as he turns 85 years old. In a first person narrative, Tony reflects back over his 60 year career while looking ahead within the context of his latest recording project. We experience inspirational insights as Tony discusses his philosophies of life, lessons learned, and his passion for art and music.
Oct 24, 2012 Limited
Abramorama Entertainment - Official Site
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We see an art form bridge generations with a strange mixture of grace, joy and melancholy.
Like with any great singer, it's often the telling pauses of the man born Anthony Benedetto that say the most in "The Zen of Bennett."
These elements leave the documentary hanging somewhere between a glorified making-of album promo and a more in-depth portrait of the artist.
Friendly doc offers plentiful guest stars but only one perspective on the singer's career.
The way Mr. Bennett talks is the way he sings. There is no subtext, only the song conveyed with knowledge, heart, a sophisticated sense of swing and a positive attitude.
It feels a bit like a classed-up infomercial at times, but it's still as much a treat to witness Bennett's process as it is to see him interact with today's young stars.
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