'Round Midnight
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'Round Midnight

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Director: Bertrand Tavernier

Cast: Bertrand Tavernier, Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker

     
 

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A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon portrays Dale Turner, a fictional musician inspired by a number of famed jazz figures, including Bud Powell and Lester Young. Largely forgotten in his home country, Turner has moved to Paris in search of a more…  See more details below

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A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon portrays Dale Turner, a fictional musician inspired by a number of famed jazz figures, including Bud Powell and Lester Young. Largely forgotten in his home country, Turner has moved to Paris in search of a more appreciative audience. He finds it in the form of Francis Borler (Francois Cluzet), a bebop aficionado who befriends the expatriate player. Borler soon becomes familiar with Turner's darker side, including his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression. Fearing for the musician's life, the fan becomes his caretaker, an arrangement that leads to a brief improvement in Turner's health and fortunes but places great emotional strain upon them both. Director Bertrand Tavernier pays great attention to the visual and aural details of the jazz world, with outstanding musical supervision provided by Herbie Hancock. 'Round Midnight's greatest asset, however, is Gordon's Academy Award-nominated performance, informed by his own life experiences. His naturally fascinating presence combines with the film's obvious love of the music and its milieu to provide what many have hailed as one of the more authentic and affectionate presentations of the jazz world on the silver screen.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
'Round Midnight, a film inspired by the lives of Bud Powell and Lester Young, is director Bertrand Tavernier's audio-visual lament for the impending death of jazz. Tavernier utilizes a roving camera and be-bop editing to tell this story of the relationship between a self-destructive, emotionally-disintegrating but technically-brilliant jazz legend (Dexter Gordon) living and working in exile in France, and his fawning Gaullic admirer (Francois Cluzet). A subtle chauvinism underlies the story, as America is the land that devours its genius, while France succors it. The startlingly authentic performance of real-life tenor-sax legend and non-actor Dexter Gordon in the lead role is a stroke of genius. His raspy staccato delivery captures the world-weariness of his character perfectly, while he and fellow players' superb musicianship in the key performance passages adds an important element of authenticity and verisimilitude to the proceedings (all performances were filmed live, with no post-production dubbing). Herbie Hancock's Academy Award-winning musical helmsmanship layers the film with a moody melancholia, allowing it to tell its story with jazz riffs as much as words. The story is thinly-plotted, lyrical, and romantic, guided by the spirit of the art form it celebrates. -- Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
'Round Midnight, a film inspired by the lives of Bud Powell and Lester Young, is director Bertrand Tavernier's audio-visual lament for the impending death of jazz. Tavernier utilizes a roving camera and be-bop editing to tell this story of the relationship between a self-destructive, emotionally-disintegrating but technically-brilliant jazz legend (Dexter Gordon) living and working in exile in France, and his fawning Gaullic admirer (Francois Cluzet). A subtle chauvinism underlies the story, as America is the land that devours its genius, while France succors it. The startlingly authentic performance of real-life tenor-sax legend and non-actor Dexter Gordon in the lead role is a stroke of genius. His raspy staccato delivery captures the world-weariness of his character perfectly, while he and fellow players' superb musicianship in the key performance passages adds an important element of authenticity and verisimilitude to the proceedings (all performances were filmed live, with no post-production dubbing). Herbie Hancock's Academy Award-winning musical helmsmanship layers the film with a moody melancholia, allowing it to tell its story with jazz riffs as much as words. The story is thinly-plotted, lyrical, and romantic, guided by the spirit of the art form it celebrates.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
UPC:
0883929003471
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
13,773

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dexter Gordon Dale Turner
François Cluzet Francis Borler
Gabrielle Haker Berangere
Christine Pascal Sylvie
Sandra Reaves-Phillips Buttercup
John Berry Ben
Lonette McKee Darcey Leigh
Martin Scorsese Goodley
Herbie Hancock Eddie Wayne,Conductor
Bobby Hutcherson Ace
Pierre Trabaud Francis's Father
Frederique Meininger Francis's Mother
Ron Carter Himself (Bass)
Billy Higgins Drums
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Eric Le Lann Trumpet
Pierre Michelot Bass
Palle Mikkelborg Trumpet
Mads Vinding Bass
Wayne Shorter Tenor Saxophone (Blue Note), Soprano Saxophone (Davou
Cedar Walton Piano
Tony Williams Drums
Liliane Rovere Madame Queen
Ged Marlon Beau
Hart Leroy Bibbs Hershell
Benoit Regent Psychiatrist
Victoria Gabrielle Platt Chan
Arthur French Booker
Alain Sarde Terzian
Philippe Noiret Redon
Eddy Mitchell A Drunk
Charles Belonzi Actor
Arnaud Chevrier Actor
Davout Studio Actor
Marpessa Djian Actor
Cheikh Tidiane Fall Percussion
Guy Louret Actor
Patrick Massieu Actor
John McLaughlin Guitar
Philippe Moreau Actor
Michel Perez Guitar
Jacques Poitrenaud Actor
Luc Sarot Actor
Noel Simsolo Actor
Jimmy Slyde Actor
Pascal Tedes Actor
Pascale Vignal Actor

Technical Credits
Bertrand Tavernier Director,Screenwriter
Frederic Bourboulon Asst. Director
Bruno de Keyzer Cinematographer
Monty Diamond Production Designer
Pierre Duquesne Art Director
Frank Eyton Songwriter
William Flageollet Sound/Sound Designer
Dexter Gordon Songwriter
Herbie Hancock Score Composer
Bernie Hanighen Songwriter
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Paul Le Marinel Makeup
Jacqueline Moreau Costumes/Costume Designer
Armand Psenny Editor
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
Henri Renaud Songwriter
Jimmy Rowles Songwriter
Robert Sour Songwriter
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Philippe Turlure Set Decoration/Design
Irwin Winkler Producer
Stevie Wonder Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Round Midnight
1. Credits ('Round Midnight" [2:02]
2. No Cold Eyes [2:15]
3. Paris 1959 [3:05]
4. As Time Goes By [5:32]
5. On the Outside (Society Red) [3:59]
6. Good Like Before [3:56]
7. Buy Me a Beer (Now's the Time) [3:57]
8. Une Noche Con Francis [3:25]
9. I'll Have the Same [2:27]
10. Still Time; Bebop and the Army [3:00]
11. Bad New, Sad News [2:16]
12. Autumn in New York [3:52]
13. Missing (Berangere's Nightmare) [2:55]
14. An Invitation [3:47]
15. Three for Dinner [4:37]
16. Body and Soul [4:13]
17. His Inspiration [5:24]
18. Checking Out [2:37]
19. The Tree Inside (The Peacocks) [1:21]
20. Missing Again [2:12]
21. His Life and Love [3:39]
22. Don't Cry for Me [1:54]
23. Tivoli [3:03]
24. Art Appreciation [1:57]
25. Some Changes Made [4:20]
26. How Long Has This Been Going On? (I) [:37]
27. Keeping Company With Darcey [2:54]
28. How Long Has This Been Going On? (II) [2:12]
29. House Party (Put It Right Here) [2:02]
30. Too Much Fun (Chan's Song) [3:33]
31. The Recording Studio [1:37]
32. 'Round Midnight [3:09]
33. Birthday Wishes [2:04]
34. Manhattan: R.W. Goodley [3:50]
35. S.O.S. [3:49]
36. 'Reunion (Society Red, Chan's Song) [3:47]
37. Booker Was Here [3:22]
38. Not Enough Kindness [3:19]
39. A Telegram [2:52]
40. In Memorian (Chan's Song) [2:51]
41. End Credits (Chan's Song) [3:45]
42. Chapter 42 [3:27]

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