Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Directed by Stanley Nelson
2019
USA, UK
115 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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An insightful bio-doc of the legendary Miles Davis, the man and musician, packed with revealing newly released archival footage and interviews with friends like Quincy Jones.

For Miles Davis, music was always there – it came before everything. Born in small town “racist to the bone” Illinois, he was gifted a trumpet as a young teen. In 1944, he headed to New York: studying, frequenting clubs and meeting his idols (including Dizzy and Bird). A stay in post-war Paris (where jazz was on a high and segregation non-existent) changed his thinking, but on returning to America, depression and drugs held sway, until he played a career-changing set at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. The story of his musical development and fierce creativity, life and loves is vividly and movingly told using the iconic musician's own words (read by Carl Lumbly) from his much-admired 1989 autobiography.

Stanley Nelson's superbly crafted documentary taps deep into the mystique of Miles Davis: his sound, stardom, and cult of personality.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
I highly recommend this decades-spanning, engrossing, hilarious, sad, and informative documentary to all music fans, whether you liked Davis beforehand or not.
Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

Tickets

Wed 5 June
6:30pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sat 8 June
6:35pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Sounds on Screen, French Films
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
USA, UK
Language
In English
Director
Stanley Nelson
Producer
Nicole London, Stanley Nelson
Cast
Carl Lumbly (Narrator)
Cinematographer
Henry Adebonojo, Herve Cohen, Eric Coleman, Jerry Henry, Mead Hunt, Clare Major, Antonio Rossi
Editor
Lewis Erskine, Yusuf Kapadia, Natasha Mottola
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Seniors, Biography, Literary Adaptations, Music
Company Credits
Distributor: Piece of Magic Entertainment
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