Jazz on a Summer's Day Reviews

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August 23, 2020
There's nothing to distract from the music and the joyous mood.
August 21, 2020
The film's more than nostalgic - it feels like you wandered into Eden...
August 20, 2020
The film soars when it's about the performers.
August 18, 2020
It's an exquisite look at a period that is long gone.
August 15, 2020
Jazz on a Summer's Day so effectively captures the energy of the moment -- making us sense the atmosphere and enjoy it vicariously -- and what's more, it doesn't overstay its welcome.
August 14, 2020
Jackson provides a suitably formidable closer with "The Lord's Prayer," but the movie peaks early with O'Day's stoned version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and rapid-fire scatting on "Tea for Two."
August 14, 2020
Superb, essential.
August 14, 2020
It's impossible to find a bad or uninteresting person on screen here; maybe people just looked cooler then.
August 14, 2020
The pleasures of this great concert documentary-filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and now re-released in a rich 4K restoration-seem more abundant than ever, and its few problems a little bit less problematic.
August 13, 2020
[Director Bert Stern] had an unbelievable eye. Every shot in the film has been beautifully framed. Even the cutaways to audience members chatting, dancing and smoking seem to tell their own stories.
August 13, 2020
Jazz on a Summer's Day is as quietly vital a political document as it is a gloriously entertaining sprint through a long weekend that changed the music industry forever.
August 13, 2020
The poetry of life presented in image and sound.
August 12, 2020
Stern's most bold and artful decision is to almost completely remove any sound from the film other than that coming from the stage.
August 2, 2020
It's not just the music, which became a best-selling jazz concert (soundtrack) LP. It's the look, the feel, the optimism of this moment in time.
February 10, 2020
Few films about jazz treat their subject with less cant than this one. This is photography that has the perfect feel of jazz, and beyond that leaves it alone.
July 10, 2019
Historically the film has meaning -- not only as a record of something preserved, but also as a reminder of something lost.
October 27, 2016
Several of the performances are among the treasures of filmed music; all of them, whatever their musical merit, are filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.
August 2, 2013
The sense of well-being is immense.
January 21, 2010
It's a deeply pleasurable experience.
July 18, 2008
A fascinating, electrifying, and invaluable social document.
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