Step Across the Border (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Step Across the Border (1990)





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Fans of avant-garde jazz and blues performance will appreciate this avant-garde documentary, which intersperses discussions with Fred Frith and his band with rehearsal and concert footage. From time to time the filmmakers indulge in a bit of jazz of their own, screening seemingly random images with a meaning and order which is known only to them. The musicians, who are never identified, are expert improvisationalists, and are prone to using whatever object is at hand in order to explore the limits of sound. Occasionally, the band members indulge in a bit of philosophizing for the camera, in one instance telling a Zen-inspired story about "one hand clapping." ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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hands down the best film ever made about improvisational/experimental music and musicians. fascinating in it's own right as a piece of cinema as well as sharing performances, discussions, and bits of day to day life. absolutely essential if you're a fred frith fan.

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This is a big favourite of mine. Fred is so amazing.. The film is so elegant, bold, sweet and naturally in improvisation, music... it's nice to see a director who seems to understand.

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