'Round Midnight (1986)
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as Dale Turner
as Francis Borler
as Darcey Leigh
as Eddie Wayne
as Francis's Father
as Francis's Mother
as Mme. Queen
as A Drunk
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Round Midnight is a superbly crafted music world drama in which Gallic director Bertrand Tavernier pays a moving dramatic tribute to the great black musicians who lived and performed in Paris in the late 1950s.
The director's perenially heavy mood seems especially well suited to this indigo-shaded story of a black American saxman (Dexter Gordon) living and performing in Paris in the late 50s.
Dale Turner, as played by Dexter Gordon, seems to be an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young, but the private, rueful dignity that he brings to bear is all his own.
No actor could do what the great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon does in 'Round Midnight.
Gordon goes the limit as Turner, dedicating his performance to all the cats who've gone before.
Audience Reviews for 'Round Midnight
A really nice movie with an incredible score and soundtrack that fits the mood to this chill movie. Dexter Gordon is great in this especially in really quiet scenes with just him and Francois Cluzet who does a nice job too. This movie is so calm and then a fun small performance from Martin Scorsese comes in and brings this kinetic energy to the movie. Also the musical numbers are either filled with energy or are nice and calm all appropriately handled in tone. It is a great portrait of the jazz world
Dexter Gordon's portrayal of a fish out of water in Paris is marvelous. We soon learn that stepping across an ocean does not allow one to run away from problems.
The music is good but the story is as boring as early morning church. Just listen to some jazz and skip the movie.
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