Django (2018)


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The year is 1943 in Nazi-occupied Paris and Django Reinhardt is at the pinnacle of his art. The brilliant and carefree jazz guitarist, king of ethereal swing, plays to standing-room-only crowds in the capital's greatest venues. Meanwhile his gypsy brethren are being persecuted throughout Europe. His life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants to send him on tour in Germany.

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A more honest script might've supported Reda Kateb's laid-back, medium-effective portrayal of Reinhardt more fully. As is, he's depicted as an artist man floating through his awful times, living for the music.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Django" will leave fans of the legend merely eager to return to their beloved recordings and let their ears take in the greatness.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The film's story - loosely adapted from Alexis Salatko's novel Folles de Django - manages to feel at once oversimplified, underfed and overburdened.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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Django is for the most part everything Reinhardt's music was not: listless, glum and meandering.

Jan 5, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Django expresses, via the language of film genre, not what Reinhardt's life was but what it might have felt like.

Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The finale enlivens an otherwise staid biopic, but whether the film has earned a moment of uplift is unclear.

Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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Following a moment in Django Reinhardt's life during World War II, this engaging drama offers us a nuanced portrait of a brilliant musician who gets caught in a very tense situation and begins to slowly realize that he must flee from the dangerous grip of a menacing regime.

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