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If you wanted to introduce someone to what jazz is all about, this would be an ideal place to start.
For non-buffs, pic fails the acid test of exciting interest where there was little or none before; it could easily have covered the same ground in half its length.
A wonderful, warm little movie.
Anyone with the misconception that the spirit of a particular music is not a direct reflection of the souls of the musicians who created it must see A Great Day in Harlem, Jean Bach's small and very moving documentary about the jazz life.
It's a funny and moving film whose swinging rhythms and informal tone capture a feeling for the music, the people who make it and the affection and respect they feel for each other and the art form.
The film is alive and keeps moving briskly.
Even casual fans should appreciate the film's genuine admiration for these great artists, whose lives were interwoven with their creativity and who changed the face of 20th-century music.
A fascinating examination of the artistry, camaraderie and idiosyncrasies among a generation enigmatic jazz giants.
This isn't Ken Burns' jazz, but something with the spark and intuition of the real thing.
Combining home movies, interviews from the time, contemporary reminiscences from locals and those who took part, and fascinating performance footage, this is a joyful celebration of an extraordinary event and of jazz music in general.
Wonderful documentary; great seeing all those jazz legends.
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