Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Biographical documentary on legendary jazz innovator Miles Davis, packed with 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." (Sydney Film Festival)

2019Rating: CTC105 minsUSA
DocumentaryMusicFestival & Independent
Director:
Stanley Nelson ('The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution', 'The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords')
Cast:
Miles Davis
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Variety

Variety

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If you're a Miles Davis fanatic from way back and think you already know everything about him, the movie, with its sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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Stanley Nelson's look at the 20th century jazz icon reveals a troubled soul rarely at peace with himself.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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An excellent primer from a dependable chronicler of African-American culture.

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Variety

Variety

press

If you're a Miles Davis fanatic from way back and think you already know everything about him, the movie, with its sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Stanley Nelson's look at the 20th century jazz icon reveals a troubled soul rarely at peace with himself.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An excellent primer from a dependable chronicler of African-American culture.

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