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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.
A lovingly gentle yet vibrant tribute to jazz, friendship and film itself, made by a director of consummate taste and precise imagination.
Wonderful offbeat homage to be-bop.
Dexter Gordon received a Best Actor nomination and Herbie Hancock the Original Score Music Oscar for this moody jazz piece anout an alcoholic musician down on his luck.
He's not just writing about a dying old man, he's writing about jazz.
Tavernier's striking widescreen frame established the rainy, neon-and-smoke filled world of the jazz film.
One of the best jazz films ever made, this succeeds by melding French sensibilities about atmosphere with American sensibilities about the music.
It's a brooding yet warm elegy, as plaintive as a slow, low-toned ballad in a minor key.
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.
Captures the essence of Jazz.
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