New Orleans

Overview

Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday star in this story of the rise of jazz in the Crescent City, which gets a quality DVD release from Kino Video. New Orleans has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options included. As a bonus, this edition includes an essay on the making of the film, as well as two vintage musical short subjects, one starring Armstrong and the other...
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Overview

Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday star in this story of the rise of jazz in the Crescent City, which gets a quality DVD release from Kino Video. New Orleans has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with no multiple language options included. As a bonus, this edition includes an essay on the making of the film, as well as two vintage musical short subjects, one starring Armstrong and the other featuring Holiday.
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Special Features

"A Rhapsody in Black and Blue": 1932 short film with Louis Armstrong; "Symphony in Black": 1935 short film with Billie Holiday; Essay on the making of New Orleans
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Editorial Reviews

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While contemporary music has a visual crutch -- the advent of the music video -- to add imagery to the sound, the jazz age of the first half of the last century is mainly seen through the imagination. Actual footage of the seminal artists who molded and engineered the popular music is now hard to come by. New Orleans takes place in the early jazz era and features two true legends of the form: Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday in her only significant big-screen role. With a colorful backdrop of Bourbon Street and Storyville, New Orleans concerns the culture clash between emerging ragtime and "jass" and highbrow society, the latter keeping careful company with the Big Easy's fast underground. Arturo De Cordova is Nick, the suave gambling maven who runs the jazz-joint Storyville. Dorothy Patrick plays Miralee, a young socialite who falls for the music, the scene, and Nick -- against the wishes of her imposing rich mother. Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman make appearances as themselves, while Billie Holiday plays Endie, maid to the society family, but Storyville singer by night; New Orleans is at its best in its half-dozen musical sequences with these stars. Satchmo's ebullience and Billie Holiday's iconic cool, beautifully contrasted in a duet, are the rewards of this portrait of a bygone age.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2000
  • UPC: 738329015923
  • Original Release: 1947
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,155

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Alexander Col. McArdle
Louis Armstrong
Arturo de Cordova Nick Duquesne
Dorothy Patrick Miralee Smith
Richard Hageman Henri Ferber
Woody Herman
Billie Holiday Endie
Marjorie Lord Grace Volselle
Meade Anderson Lewis
Irene Rich Mrs. Smith
Zuttie Singleton
Barney Bigard
Shelley Winters Secretary
Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Herbert Biberman Screenwriter
Bernard W. Burton Editor
Rudi Feld Art Director
Nathaniel W. Finston Musical Direction/Supervision
Dick I.Hyland Screenwriter
Jules Levy Producer
Elliot Paul Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chatper/Song Selection
1. Opening Titles [1:22]
2. "Name Your Poison Blues" [4:22]
3. "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight/"Maryland My Maryland"|00:05:00|}
4. "New Orleans" (Holiday) [4:25]
5. Satchmo and Ferber Jam [3:06]
6. Slumming in Storyville [1:11]
7. "New Orleans" Take 2 (Holiday) [3:31]
8. "Where the Blues Were Born" (Armstrong) [9:31]
9. Ferer Joins In [15:54]
10. "Farewell to Storyvill" (Holiday) [4:20]
11. Miralee's Debut (Patrick) [7:07]
12. "Honky Tonk Train Blues" (Lewis) [3:42]
13. Ragtime Band Reunited [1:57]
14. The Club Orleans Is Born [5:33]
15. "The Blues Are Brewin" (Holiday & Armstrong) [2:13]
16. Jass Sweeps the Globe (Herman) [:50]
17. "Endie" (Armstrong) [4:58]
18. Chapter 18The Audition (Herman) [6:20]
19. "New Orleans" Finale (Patrick & Herman) [3:51]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Begin Feature
   "Road To New Orleans"
      Introduction
      The Story Of Jazz
      The Project Evoles
      Dispatch From Satch
      Conclusion
   Supplemental Video
      RHAPSODY IN BLACK AND BLUE (1932) featuring Louis Armstrong
      SYMPONY IN BLACK (1932) featuring Billy Holiday and Duke Ellington
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