'Round Midnight Reviews

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December 12, 2018
Watching Dale and Francis grow close is a subdued experience that evolves in quiet ways.
April 8, 2008
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.
April 8, 2008
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.
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June 24, 2006
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.
May 20, 2003
No actor could do what the great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon does in 'Round Midnight.
January 1, 2000
You do not need to know a lot about jazz to appreciate what is going on because, in a certain sense, this movie teaches you everything about jazz that you really need to know.
March 30, 2015
Wonderful offbeat homage to be-bop.
December 2, 2010
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.
August 11, 2008
He's not just writing about a dying old man, he's writing about jazz.
July 25, 2008
Tavernier's striking widescreen frame established the rainy, neon-and-smoke filled world of the jazz film.
April 8, 2008
One of the best jazz films ever made, this succeeds by melding French sensibilities about atmosphere with American sensibilities about the music.
February 25, 2007
April 5, 2006
It's a brooding yet warm elegy, as plaintive as a slow, low-toned ballad in a minor key.
April 5, 2006
Sound is very important in Round Midnight, and the new Warner Brothers DVD takes its sound very seriously. With a remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack supervised by Hancock, the audio is powerful and flawless.
June 30, 2005
March 12, 2004
July 30, 2003
The film's quality lies not just in its vivid portrayal of the bebop milieu, but also in its sensitive examination of the turbulent forces within an artist compelled to create on a nightly basis, despite personal consequences.
June 4, 2003
June 27, 2002
Guided by the spirit of the art form it celebrates, Tavernier's film is a mesmerizing audio-visual lament for the impending death of jazz
May 12, 2001
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