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1. Boardwalk Empire (2010 TV Series)
Episode: Acres of Diamonds (2013)
Nucky has reservations about investing in a Tampa land deal engineered by transplanted bootlegger Bill McCoy. While there he meets speakeasy owner Sally Wheet. Valentin Narcisse books a sexy Jazz singer, Daughter Maitland, to perform at the Onyx and gauges Dunn Purnsley's allegiance to Chalky. Willie, Eli's son, turns to Mickey Doyle and his bootleg warehouse to elevate his social standing at college. Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips' wife to impress a possible partner. Harrow tries to bury his past, though not before taking care of some unfinished business with Emma.
2. Route 66 (1960 TV Series)
Episode: Play It Glissando (1961)
In southern California, Buz is in the back of an ambulance that is rushing an injured and unconscious Tod to the hospital. At the hospital in the front seat of a squad car, Buz is telling the full story of what happened to Lieutenant Mangano, with a young woman, Jana Johnson, sitting in the back seat. The story started approximately twenty-four hours earlier, when Tod and Buz, treating themselves to three days of luxury, checked themselves into the beach suite of a Malibu resort. Although Tod is the one who is first attracted to the picture on the poster, Buz, as the jazz music aficionado, is the one who knows he can make the connection with beautiful jazz singer Kitty Parker who is performing in the resort's lounge. As Kitty can see that Buz truly is a jazz buff, she suggests the three of them go see renowned jazz trumpeter Gabe Johnson perform at a nearby club. Later that night, they, by chance, literally run into Gabe's wife - Jana - a poor little rich girl from New York, who became estranged from her wealthy society matron mother when she married Gabe and moved to southern California. Jana and Gabe are having problems in their marriage, Jana feeling isolated and alone without support of nearby family or friends, based largely on what she believes is Gabe's control of her life due to feeling like she will leave him if he doesn't keep her under lock and key. As she has tried to leave him in the past, she believes he is trying to kill her which is why she seems so frantic when the three first run into her. To the outside world, Jana's story sounds like paranoia. Tod, Buz and Kitty get in the middle of the Johnsons' marital problems leading to Tod and Buz's ambulance ride. As Tod goes into surgery, Jana and Gabe will have to play this phrase of their marital song to its final cadence, probably with some police intervention.
Tod and Buz, vacationing in Malibu, California, are drawn into the world of a paranoid Progressive Jazz trumpeter and his wife. Told largely in flashback by Buz, beginning innocently enough with Buz having made a connection with lounge songstress Kitty Parker.
3. Route 66 (1960 TV Series)
Episode: Goodnight Sweet Blues (1961)
Leaving Pittsburgh, Tod and Buz get into a near car accident when another driver swerves in front of them. That driver is elderly Jennie Henderson, who is on her last legs with heart problems, she suffering an attack which caused the near accident. Tod and Buz learn that she is an ex-blues singer, jazz, blues and dixieland which Buz is a buff. Due to her situation, Jennie believes it was providence that brought Tod and Buz into her life to do what she can't and what she wants more than anything before she dies: to bring her "family" - the six members of her old jazz band, the Memphis Naturals - together one more time. Despite the seeming difficulty of the job - and she assures them that it is a job for which she will pay them - Tod and Buz agree, before she gives them a one week deadline, again because she doesn't know how long she has left. With the leads provided to them by Jennie, Tod and Buz take three names apiece, criss-crossing the country to locate the six. Their job has the added difficulty in that all six loved Jennie, she being the only glue that held them together as long as it did. Locating and convincing some of the six are problematic, but one in particular, trombonist King Loomis, may end up kiboshing Jennie's dying wish.
Ex-jazz singer having a heart attack while driving, nearly hits Tod's Vette head-on. Given about a month to live, she pays the 66ers to travel nationwide rounding up her combative old group the Memphis Naturals including Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge and Jo Jones, to reunite after 30 years to play for her one last time.
Tod and Buz, leaving Pittsburgh, almost have a head-on collision with a car driven by a gravely ill old woman. After the woman is stabilized at her home, Tod and Buz learn she does not have long to live. Her last wish is to re-unite with a jazz band she last sang with 30 yrs before. Tod and Buz agree to seek out the members.
4. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Born Elinore Harris, qv##nm0390507## had a difficult teen and young adulthood period, which included working in brothels, both as a cleaning woman and a prostitute, and being raped. Through this difficulty, she dreamed of becoming a jazz singer. She got her initial singing break when she applied at a Harlem club that was looking for a dancer, but where she got hired as a singer. There, she met and fell in love with the suave qv##nm2915638##. After this initial break, Billie wanted her singing career to move to the mainstream clubs in downtown Manhattan. She took a risk when she agreed to be the lead singer for the Reg Hanley Band, a primarily white group, who convinced her that she would have to make her mark in regional tours before her Manhattan dream could happen. As Billie tried to advance her career, pressures of life, including being a black woman, led to her not so secret substance abuse (especially of heroin), not so secret because of her increasingly erratic behavior, both on stage and off. As those around her, including Louis, worked to support Billie emotionally to get off drugs, Billie faced other issues, such as open narcotic use being a criminal offense, which in combination with the effects of the heroin use itself could be Billie's downfall despite her singing talent.
5. Bag of Bones (2011 Mini-Series)
The bestseller writer Mike Noonan is autographing his new release in a bookstore and his beloved wife, the painter Jo Noonan, goes to a store on the other side of the street to buy a pregnant test. When she is crossing the street back to the bookstore, a bus run over her and she does not survive. Mike grieves the loss of his wife and decides to go to the house by the Dark Score Lake, in Maine, that he had inherited from his grandfather and Jo had spent a long time repairing it. Mike starts to drink and suspects that Jo might have betrayed him since his sperm counting indicates that he is sterile. In the isolated house, Mike has nightmares and believes that Jo is trying to contact him. He also has daydreams and ghostly visions with the jazz singer Sara Tidwell in a local fair in 1939. Mike stumbles in the town with Mattie and her daughter Kyra Devore and he discovers that the powerful and mean Max Devore is disputing the custody of his granddaughter Kyra with Mattie. Further he discovers that there is a curse in Dark Score Lake due a despicable action of Max in 1939. Mike decides to help Mattie against Max and to investigate further the mysterious curse.
6. The Jazz Singer (1927)
In New York, thirteen year-old Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a stern Jewish Cantor. When Rabinowitz is informed by Moisha Yudelson that Jakie is singing ragtime in a club, he beats his son. The traditional cantor expects that Jakie sings in the synagogue like his previous generations did, but the boy dreams on becoming a jazz singer. Jakie leaves home pursuing his dreams. 10 years later, Jakie is in London where his artistic name is Jack Robin. When he meets the famous stage performer Mary Dale, she helps him in his career. Sooner, he travels to New York for the greatest chance of his life in an important show on Broadway and he visits his parents. However, his father banishes him from home. On the opening day, the manipulative Moisha Yudelson invites him to sing in the Atonement Day since his father is very ill, but the emotional blackmail of the Jewish leader does not work. When Jakie is ready to the rehearsal, Moisha brings Jakie's beloved mother to press him to sing in the synagogue. Now Jakie will choose between his career and Mary Dale and the bonds with his family and religion.
Jakie Rabinowitz comes from a long line of Jewish cantors. He has inherited the singing ability of the Rabinowitz men before him and has also inherited his place as cantor at the local synagogue following his father. But Jakie instead wants a life as a jazz singer, something he has known since he was a young teen. This move places a wedge between him and his father, who disowns his son. A grown Jakie, choosing the stage name Jack Robin, does have some success as a jazz singer in touring musical revues after Mary Dale, an established musical performer, hears him sing. When Mary gets her big break to star in a musical revue on Broadway, she decides to bring Jack with her. But a chance at reconciliation with his father may come at the price of his Broadway debut.
Cantor Rabinowitz is concerned and upset because his son Jakie shows so little interest in carrying on the family's traditions and heritage. For five generations, men in the family have been cantors in the synagogue, but Jakie is more interested in jazz and ragtime music. One day, they have such a bitter argument that Jakie leaves home for good. After a few years on his own, now calling himself Jack Robin, he gets an important opportunity through the help of well-known stage performer Mary Dale. But Jakie finds that in order to balance his career, his relationship with Mary, and his memories of his family, he will be forced to make some difficult choices.
7. To Tell the Truth (1956 TV Series)
Episode: Episode dated 31 December 1962 (1962)
Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Robert Q. Lewis and Kitty Carlisle are the panelists on this festive New Year's Eve broadcast. The first round presents, perhaps appropriately this last day of 1962, three gentlemen who identify themselves as Charles B. Dempsey, head of the world's largest bar tending school. Peggy Cass was the only panelist to identify Mr. Dempsey correctly. Next up, three ladies claim to be Yolande Bavan, jazz singer and a member of the trio, Lambert, Hendricks, and Bavan. The two gentlemen panelists, Tom Poston, and Robert Q. Lewis successfully peg Miss Bavan. The panel is delighted by the appearance of Mr. Lambert and Mr. Hendricks on stage. Miss Bavan joins them in a rendition of "This Could Be The Start of Something Big." Finally, Round Three proves very interesting when three gentlemen self-identify as Mr. Gordon Leach, chief host of the exclusive Washington D.C. eating club, "The Anteaters." The organization specializes in outre dishes that include all manner of exotic game. Tom Poston and Peggy Cass tell host Bud Collyer that they must disqualify themselves because they know one of the contestants - the first time two panelists have ever backed out of a round. Kitty Carlisle and Robert Q. Lewis unsuccessfully identify Mr. Leach. As it happens, the gentleman recognized by Tom and Peggy is the personal assistant to actor George Montgomery. The show ends with Mr. Collyer thanking the panel and wishing them and the studio and viewing audiences a very happy and healthy New Year.
8. Verbotene Liebe (1995 TV Series)
Episode: Der Feind in meinem Hause (2011)
Philipp is kept sweetly ignorant of Nicola's attempts to satisfy blackmailer Steinberg. Ansgar arranges for Dr. Dieter Berger to stay in the castle. Berger declares his love for Nicola, announces a present but it's not the ax, which he promises however to get sent from Switzerland. Nicola painstakingly obtains delays. Tristan keeps impressing would be-jazz singer Marlena with advice and offers to become her manager now she regrets having accepted a pop production with Quin. Hagen laughs away her irrational blaming him.
9. Fallen Angels (1993 TV Series)
Episode: Fearless (1995)
In a tale that takes place in south-central Los Angeles, Fearless Jones and Paris Minton become involved with a femme fatale nightclub jazz singer. They try to help out Deletha by planning to steal her singing contract from the nightclub manager.
10. And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002)
Valentin is a criminal mastermind, but his exploits don't prove much in the way of satisfaction. Thus, he sets out on a one-man sailing trip around the world in a last attempt at finding meaning in his life. Meanwhile, in Morocco, a burned-out jazz singer named Jane is trying to forget a fizzled love affair. And so begins the journey of these two lost souls who are destined to cross paths.
The smart and bold jewel thief Valentin Valentin decides to leave his mate and travel around the world for one hundred days in a sailing boat. In the coast of Morocco, he has an amnesia problem and comes onshore looking for a doctor. Meanwhile, the piano-bar singer Jane Lester is brokenhearted when her lover leaves her for her best friend, and she decides to accept a job in Morocco to forget the past. An incident in the hotel where they are lodged joins them and they fall for each other.
11. What Not to Wear (2003 TV Series)
Episode: Elaine Romanelli (2006)
Elaine Romanelli is a dynamic 34 year old jazz singer on the verge of stardom. There's just one thing holding her back...her tight, tattered collection of cut-rate clothing in her closet. She needs Stacy and Clinton's help to teach her What Not To Wear!
12. Chelsea Walls (2001)
In New York's storied Chelsea Hotel, a novelist, a dancer, a painter, a poet, an aged jazz singer, and a young troubadour sort out their personal and artistic lives within walls haunted by the likes of Dylan Thomas, O. Henry, and Sarah Bernhardt. A boozy novelist balances wife, mistress, and stories. A dancer who's a waitress in the basement club chooses between a Hollywood jerk and a local painter. A youth from Minnesota who composes and sings may be the next Bob Dylan. A poet decides to give her feckless boyfriend another chance, even as her eyes tell us she knows what's ahead. An old jazz artist wants to place a bet and share his love for Lady Day. These walls do seem to talk.
13. Christmas Angel (2012 TV Movie)
The girl Olivia Mead is raised by her mother Melinda Davis alone. Her best friend is the boy Lucas, who is the son of Daphney and Jeb Conroy that work with Melinda in a bakery of their own. Near Christmas, Olivia's class has to present each Christmas wish and Olivia and Lucas believe that the abandoned house next door to Melinda's house grants the wishes provided they throw a rock at it. Soon the owner Dr. Nathan Davis wants to stop the children from throwing rocks at his house and the snoopy Olivia discovers that he is the landlord of an old lady that lives in the house. Her further investigation shows that the neighbor is Elsie Waybright, a successful jazz singer that interrupted her career and vanished. When a couple of Olivia's schoolmates fulfill their Christmas wishes, the girl believes that Elsie is an angel and she wishes a husband for her lonely mother. Meanwhile Dr. Davis gets close to Melinda, but Olivia prefers her substitute school teacher for her mother while she gets close to Elsie. What will happen until Christmas Eve?
14. SCTV Network (1981 TV Series)
Episode: CCCP 1 (1981)
The SCTV network is broadcasting a live Johnny LaRue production of "Julius Caesar," with Bobby Bittman in the title role, when the show is interrupted by a signal from the Russian TV channel CCCP1. "Today from Moscow" fills the SCTV screen, with hosts Valery Commetsky and Ivan Mahiloff. The studio audience are the employees of the Minsk Bus and Truck Works. Later they'll tour the Serbsky Institute for the Politically Insane, then hurry back to Minsk for their 4pm shift. Valery has a new pair of shoes (the Potemkin style), which Ivan has the new Soviet minicam (the size of a small car) focus on. Irina Zoyusha shows us the new Soviet Home Dentist Drill and Ear Irrigator, which looks like an air compressor. The minicam motor burns out, and CCCP1 fades back to SCTV. Bobby is arguing with LaRue when SCTV returns, and Bobby walks off the set despite the show being live. Guy Caballero calls LaRue into his office. Guy wants LaRue to resign for the fiasco. LaRue weasels out as usual when CCCP1 jams the signal again. Uposcrabblenyk, Russia's favorite TV game, comes on. Anna loses to Victor for using a 28-letter word for dog, that turns out to be slang. Victor is coming back next week to try and qualify for an earlier delivery time for a Russian automobile. "What Fits into Russia" with host Feliks Dzerzhinsky, tries to fit other foreign states, countries and continents into Mother Russia's enormous size, showing her superiority; Australia barely covers half of the Ukraine. A public service announcement warns viewers not to give money or matches to an Uzbek. The signal fades and SCTV is back. Guy is mad and calls NBC for help. NBC wants to wait to see the overnights before rushing to help the smaller network. NBC hangs up on him so Guy vows to do something about it himself. The "SCTV Movie of the Week" is "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jarreau as the son. Sid Dithers plays the father, a Jewish soul singer who can't understand why his adopted son wants to be a cantor. Al sings "We're in This Love Together," with Sid accompanying on the sax. Sid is disappointed in his son, and thinks he should have adopted Barry White instead. The Rabbi goes to ask Sid to come to the service where his son will debut as cantor. Sid attends, in silver disco boots, and all is well. "The Cruisin' Gourmet" focuses on how to stuff a turkey the alternative lifestyle way. CCCP1 breaks into the signal again with "Hey, Giorgy!," a good Samaritan who helps the local Russian peasants with anything they need, like pointing out that Uzbeks have drank the battery fluid from a stalled car (there are straws sticking out of the battery). A commercial for vodka shows how Igor likes to relax after a hard day of work by feeling superior to the Uzbeks. "Tibor's Tractor" is about a regular farmer whose tractor is possessed by the spirit of Nikita Kruschev. SCTV returns, with Guy contracting with Red Rooster to fix the problem with their satellite. Red finds out that Guy skimped on the satellite security, which allowed CCCP1 to break into their signal. He accuses Cabellero of waltzing over the Panamanian border with laundered Nazi money, and tells Guy he can either bring the satellite to Earth, or they have to go to the satellite; it will only cost 200 million dollars. Guy panics and tells Red that Dr. Tongue and Bruno have been working on a project, and shows him the Tonguemobile strapped to a rocket, right outside the SCTV headquarters. The "Wet Nurse" promo shows the story of a woman dedicated to the sustenance of mankind. The commercial for Eskimo Art is trying to move a warehouse full of art at bargain prices. The long trek to the warehouse is shown on a map. Dr. Tongue and Bruno have a problem with their rocket; they have enough fuel to get two people back. Bruno floods the rocket engine, but they eventually blast off with Red Rooster in the back seat. Dr. Tongue rags at Bruno for forgetting the Intellivision, so they debate the origin of the creation of the universe to pass the time. Donuts keep them sustained during the long flight. Red drives while Dr. Tongue and Bruno make a 3D movie. Red spies the SCTV satellite, with the Russian satellite parked right next to it. Red walks in space to put the scrambler on the SCTV satellite; when he's done Bruno and Tongue put it into reverse and leave Red behind. Red blames Guy for this, and he rides the Russian satellite back to Earth, ready to hit Moscow with a nuclear bomb. Guy talks with Henry Fonda, who is playing the president (we're suddenly in "Fail Safe"), and asks him to fix it with the Russians. The president calls and talks to the Russian premiere; he says they can shoot down Red Rooster, but the Russians say the target is too small. The President says the Russians can hit New York in retaliation, and we see everyone at SCTV just before the bomb hits. Edith Prickley closes out the show, saying this didn't really happen, but it could.
15. Jazz (2001 Mini-Series)
Episode: Swing: Pure Pleasure - 1935-1937 (2001)
As the Great Depression drags on, jazz comes as close as it has ever come to being America's popular music. It has a new name, Swing, and for millions of young fans, it will be the defining music of their generation. Benny Goodman is hailed as the "King of Swing" and Billie Holiday begins her career as the greatest of all female jazz singers.
16. Smoking/Non-Smoking (2011)
Twelve Angry Men meets Silkwood in a suspenseful feature inspired by true stories, starring Lucie Arnaz (The Jazz Singer) and Elisabeth Moss (Girl Interrupted, Madmen). A young man testifies against his mother for killing the father with secondhand smoke. Inspired by documented cases, "Smoking Non Smoking" weaves together the jury's cinema verite style deliberation, provocative courtroom testimony, flashbacks and the family's intimate home movies. An ambitious Assistant District Attorney (Carlos Leon, "The Big Lebowski," "The Woodsman" ) prosecutes a wife and mother (Lucie Arnaz) for murder after her forty-seven year-old husband dies of lung cancer. Their twenty-four year-old son decides to testify against her. At first, this appears to be a ridiculous case, but one juror's doubts (Jennifer McCabe) and inspirations - a student of hers (Elisabeth Moss) force the jury into an intriguing, emotional and complicated choice regarding addiction, loyalty and individual responsibility.
17. Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (2008 TV Series)
Episode: Night Terrors (2008)
ReAnna Kelly is an 8-year-old girl who is visited by numerous spirits, including that of her grandmother, the late jazz singer Nina Simone. More troubling, ReAnna also sees the entity of a young girl who she thinks died in an auto accident in front of her home. ReAnna's so frightened that she cannot sleep through the night.
18. America's Dream (1996 TV Movie)
Three tales of African-American characters. "Long Black Song": a farmer with an unfaithful wife. "The Boy Who Painted Christ Black": school principal defends a controversial work by his student. "The Reunion": a jazz singer recalls her troubled youth.
19. Nexus (2010)
Holly is a struggling jazz singer whose life is torn apart when she loses custody of her daughter. On her first visitation, she discovers that her 'soon to be' ex-husband is missing. When Holly is accused of her husband's murder she finds herself at the center of a small town conspiracy and must harness all her inner strength to save her daughter and clear her name.
20. Queen City (2013)
Set in gritty, rust belt Buffalo circa 1980, Queen City follows the struggle of two detectives from both sides of the tracks and a jazz singer trapped in a world of political corruption, urban decay and social dystopia. Recreating iconic jazz clubs of the time, Queen City comes alive on screen through music by capturing the joy and sorrow of a weathered city and the strain on personal morality.
21. An Evening of Eternity (2015)
Jonas, the young owner of a vinyl record store, stumbles into a mysterious tavern by chance one evening. The tavern is detatched from time and people from all kinds of different eras meet there. He falls in love with a Jazz singer, Eva Elana, from the 60s. But the time between the two will become their greatest enemy...
22. Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer (2008 Documentary)
On October 6th of 1927 the Warner Bros. production "The Jazz Singer" had its premiere in New York City: The first talkie with dialogue revolutionized the film industry and marked the end of silent films. The story around the Jewish protagonist Jakie Rabinowitz, torn between tradition and modern spirit, and the success of the film are inseparably connected with the artist Al Jolson. The film delivers an insight into the social and technical developments of the time, as well as into Jolson's personal background; a history of the immigrants' search for identity in the "New World" at the beginning of the 20th century.
23. 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris (2006 Documentary)
"'Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris" is a feature documentary about a great but unheralded jazz singer that explores the very nature of what it is to live the life of an artist--any artist. Filmmaker Raymond De Felitta examines the life of cult favorite jazz singer Jackie Paris, but at the same time he might well be exploring the life of any artist in any discipline, too many of whom share the same fate that Paris did: the explosive debut followed by the years of ups and downs; the constant hope that success, though out of reach, is around the corner; the private tragedies that grow out of artistic frustration; and the final, self-inflicted wounds which all too often cause the once promising to descend into bitterness and chaos, a prelude to vanishing completely. Working with rare found footage and new interviews with jazz legends such as Billy Taylor, George Wein, Mark Murphy and Ruth Price, as well as the final concert footage and last interviews Jackie Paris ever gave -- De Felitta constructs an emotional mystery story which asks the question: who or what is to blame when a great talent goes from sensation to footnote during their life span?
In 1991, the director, Raymond De Felitta was listening to a Jazz station and heard a singer by the name of Jackie Paris. Entranced by his style and technique, De Felitta began researching Paris; he learned Paris had opened for Lenny Bruce, was a favorite among Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Cole and Sara Vaughn. However his research abruptly ended when he read in The Biographical Dictionary of American Music, that Paris died in 1977. De Felitta thought that was the end of the story but one night in March of 2004, he was reading the New Yorker magazine and saw an advertisement listing Paris' comeback at the Jazz Standard. Stunned, he wondered where had Paris been all these years, what had come of his life and why had a singer of this talent fallen into such obscurity?
24. Theo en Thea en de ontmaskering van het tenenkaasimperium (1989)
Theo and Thea want to make a movie of Snow White, but Gerard Joling, who should play prince, cries off. Someone suggests to ask opera singer Marco Bakker. First he doesn't want to, but when Theo and Thea dress up like jazz singers Bea and Ans, he decides to join in. Marco even falls in love with the dressed-up Theo.
25. My Soulfa (2008 Video)
A psychological roller coaster! Gabrielle Garcia, an estranged daughter of a famous Latin jazz singer, lures men to get what she wants - a child. However, her obsession with becoming a mother and her survival as a nightclub singer yield to her painful past.
26. Not a Lovestory (2004)
Young American Aaron Cobbs comes to Berlin to revenge his now deceased father who was crippled by Mafia boss Morici a long time ago. While Aaron tries to find Morici he falls in love with a German girl, Lilly, just like his father back in 1968. His father Cobbie worked as a jazz pianist in Morici's club "The Pink Rose" and loved Morici's girlfriend, famous Jazz singer Sarah Rose. Lilly does not know what Aaron is up to and how dangerous his plans of revenge are. In a somewhat tragic way history repeats itself: The more Aaron finds out about his father's past the more we, the audience, realize that he is reliving it and going the same route with Lilly as his father did back in 1968.
27. Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961 Documentary)
Host/narrator Gene Kelly takes a nostalgic look at silent films from their earliest beginnings in New York and New Jersey with primitive features like "The Great Train Robbery" to the migration of the independent filmmakers like Cecil B. DeMille to the sleepy suburb of Los Angeles called Hollywood to avoid lawsuits from the film trust controlled by Thomas Edison. There the industry flourished when they created the star system with personalities like Maurice Costello, Florence Lawrence, Theda Bara, Clara Kimble Young, and Francis X. Bushman, movies' first matinée idol. The industry grew in stature in the Teens and Twenties led by the technically innovative D.W. Griffith with epics like "The Birth of a Nation" and Intolerance" and blossomed with such superstars like Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charles Chaplin. Scenes from some of the great silent classics like "The Big Parade, "King of Kings" and "Wings" are shown. The silent era comes to an end with Warner Bros. historic experiments with the Vitaphone sound process with their "Don Juan" and "The Jazz Singer."
28. Bâton Rouge (1985)
Three penniless Parisians dream of the U.S.: Abdenour has fallen in love with a tourist, Alain ("Mozart") loves jazz, and Karim wants to escape his father. Through trickery, they manage to fly to the United States. Abdenour finds the tourist but that ends quickly. So they head for Bâton Rouge to seek their fortunes. While Mozart pursues a touring jazz singer, the others work at a fast-food restaurant. When immigration arrests Abdenour and Karim and sends them back to Paris, Mozart stays with his lady love. The two in France then hatch a plan to start their own restaurant, a venture that must succeed so that Abdenour can rescue his little brother, Bruno, from foster care.
29. Epic Love (2016)
The film surrounds the life of Sandra who just turned the big 30. This vivacious jazz singer is at crossroad in her life and is in an unhappy relationship. After a bad breakup she begins the adventures of dating life and comes across "the one." Could it be true? Or too good to be true? Epic Love is an original story with a romantic plateau that will drive audiences into a beautiful love story that is unforgettable.
30. Blue (2014 Short Film)
Blue is a jazz singer from London. She's an artistic soul who wears an irreversible pain from her recent divorce, doing her very best to be both a mother and an artist. As her daughter Jessica is about to turn 10, Blue arranges a surprise birthday party, but the guests don't show. Chaos ensues as Blue hits the streets of London to invite strangers to the party.
31. Showcase '68 (1968 TV Series)
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1968)
The campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana is the setting for this episode. Talent judges include Chicago disc jockeys Clark Weber & Floyd Brown and P.R. man Bill Corcoran. Also appearing are supper club singer Janet Evans, and the talent winner of this episode, jazz singer Joe Lee Wilson.
32. Sathima's Windsong (2010 Documentary)
Shot in New York, Cape Town, St Helena and the Atlantic Ocean, Sathima's Windsong, is a lyrical portrait of South African jazz singer, Sathima Bea Benjamin. In her Chelsea Hotel apartment, home for over thirty years, she patches together her journeys, from apartheid's 'pattern of brokenness', to a chance meeting and recording with Duke Ellington in Paris, to making a life in New York. The narrative of her journeys are inter-woven with her music and the musings of folks who know her work. Like her haunting song, Windsong, the film is a meditation on displacement, exile and belonging.
33. It Was a Very Good Year (1971 TV Series)
Episode: The Year 1927 (1971)
The flight of the Charles A. Lindbergh; a Knute Rockne half-time speech; an excerpt from Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer"; Helen Morgan singing "My Bill" (from "Showboat"); excerpts from "Wings" the first Oscar-winning film. Richard Arlen is the studio guest. Also a recreation of the Round Table at New York's Algonquin Hotel, mecca of the 20's literati; played by Victor Buono (Woollcott), Anne Seymour (Edna Ferber), Jonathan Harris (Noel Coward) and Alice Backes (Dorothy Parker).
34. The Cantor's Son (1937)
This musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher, in a film critic J. Hoberman calls an "anti-Jazz Singer." Oysher stars as a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish shtetl to New York's Lower East Side where he is "discovered" and becomes a well-known singer. Ultimately, he returns home to the Old Country and reunites with his parents and his childhood sweetheart.
35. A Perfect Note (2005 TV Movie)
An emotionally charged tale of a disconnected family whose spirits are rekindled with the help of a friend and a shared love of music. In his private moments, Zach Taylor relives his glory days as jazz trumpeter Pepper Taylor. But fear of failure has paralyzed his spirit and seemingly robbed him of his passion. So, instead of performing his soulful music in a smoky night club, dispirited Zach holes himself up in a makeshift studio hideaway, detached from his family, and bitterly churning out commercial ditties for any job his sleazy agent throws his way. Zach's wife Jasmine, once a steamy jazz pianist, buries her long-forgotten dreams in a hectic real estate career; while 16 year-old daughter Iris is seduced away from her beloved jazz trio to play with a punk band. When old friend and jazz singer Rhea comes into town for a gig, she sees that the family is in a shambles. They're living a lie, and letting themselves - and each other down. Now Rhea could well be the angel that helps them get back on track.
36. Piaf: Her Story, Her Songs (2003 Documentary)
French jazz singer Raquel Bitton is internationally praised as the greatest interpreter of music from the Edith Piaf repertoire. Bitton's critically acclaimed hit show, Piaf: Her Story...Her Songs, celebrates Piaf's extraordinary life through stories and songs that reflect the major episodes in her life from singing in the streets of Paris as a child to becoming the highest paid singer in the world at that time. Bitton's heartfelt renditions (sung in French) and her powerful delivery takes her audience on an intensely moving and emotional journey. Woven into the live concert is a luncheon where noted composers, authors, friends and family of Edith Piaf came together at a small bistro at the foot of Pere la Chaise, the cemetery where she is buried, to share intimate personal stories offering a rare look into the true life and persona of Edith Piaf. As the wine poured, the stories flowed. The film includes a new original song by two of Piaf's favorite composers, Francis Lai and Michel Rivgauche, writing together for the very first time.
37. Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema (2001 Documentary)
Mamadrama combines film clips, cultural commentary, interviews with Hollywood and Israeli filmmakers and footage from Schwarz's earlier films in an exploration of the image of the Jewish mother in film beginning with early silent and Yiddish films up through contemporary movies. Hollywood directors Paul Mazursky, Paul Bogart, Larry Peerce and actress Lainie Kazan reflect on their Jewish mothers. Critics Patricia Erens, J. Hoberman, Michael Medved, Amy Kronish and Sharon Rivo discuss the changing image of the Jewish mother on screen. Israeli filmmakers Avram Hefner and Zepel Yeshurun and actress Gila Almagor illustrate the uniqueness of Israeli filmic images. Mamadrama includes selections from Come Blow Your Horn, Goodbye Columbus, Next Stop Greenwich Village, Jazz Singer, Portnoy's Complaint, Where's Poppa, Torch Song Trilogy, a compilation of rare Yiddish films and recent Israeli features.
38. Movimenti (2004)
Friday night in Rome: a group of thirty-five old friends decides to try and renew a kinda private ceremony of the good ole days: what they call "bastard night" - wandering all night long in pubs, parties and friend's houses, tuxedo dressed, doing nothing but smoking, drinking and talking until they have no more energy to go on. Together with them, two girls: the italian Cate, the girlfirend of the most radical and fool of the group Marcello, and the spanish Carmen, whom they met that night. But time has passed, and the "bastard night" reveals to be but an inachievable desire of the past. One of them, Alex, renounces to go. As a matter of fact, even if all of the others pretend to be still young and foolish, each one of them has tried to make a living, and bears with him failures and traces of aborted adult lives ready to spoil their night: a violent ex wife and a daughter to take care, a pregnant girlfriend... on their way, the group of friends will meet a lot of weird night creatures, such as a sad jazz singer with his mother in jail, a japanese award-winner writer, two sons of the same father unknown to each other looking for the man through the night while he's been robbed at the airport, and an odd, jealous friend of the spanish girl, "El Fantasma"... then comes another day.
39. She-Bop (1988 Short Film)
She-Bop is about power, rage and seizing control of your life. The star of the film in the film is cartoon Kali, the great destroyer/creator goddess. She-Bop combines drawings on index cards and puppets, abstraction and character animation. It is based on a poem by Carolyn Myers, interpreted and performed by jazz singer Carolyn Lochert Curtis.
40. The Singing Biologist (2004)
The Singing Biologist is a sexy musical about a charismatic young jazz singer who mixes music with science to explore the boundaries of love--with a biologist, a Brother, and a boy wonder. Rose prepares her biggest show for a prestigious theater and recruits biologist Shandra to join her troupe. Shandra's smitten colleague Dana insinuates himself into the bargain by supplying the band with music he's composed from DNA. In a heady dance to the opening curtain Rose meets Brother Hugh, a biology and ethics teacher, in an online chat room and they blithely launch an experiment in romantic tragedy; the theater management plots against Rose's company; and the lives and loves of her colleagues play to the insistent backbeat of human nature. This unprecedented feature takes an intellectual twist, ambitiously wringing ethics, religion, science, and love into an inquisitive romance that puts flesh on the premise: It takes a rockin' scientist to sing a modern love song.
41. The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943 Short Film)
Warner Brothers pays tribute to the history of sound recording, to talking pictures, and to itself. Fresh from its "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Oscar for sound, Warner Brothers celebrates those who's work brought the world from research to sound recordings and from there to a movie with a musical score ("Don Juan"), film with synchronized sound ("Jazz Singer" and "Vesti la giubba"), and the first all-talking picture, "Lights of New York." Film clips celebrate Ethel Waters' singing, Paul Muni's biopics, Bette Davis and Gary Cooper's Oscars (plus Sgt. York speaking English, French, and Italian), and World War II newsreels and training films. Cagney's Oscar: 100 years in development.
42. Gregory Frateur, Up Front (2013 Documentary)
Gregory Frateur, Up Front is a portrait about the young Belgian pop and jazz singer Gregory Frateur, creating his first semi-classical project Saga. Gregory is a special guy, he's more an artist than a musician, he's a self-made man and very ambitious. Sometimes called a diva. The movie is like a painting, we followed him in silence and try to show a young and ambitious person without digging into his personal life.
43. Ed Reed: A Jazz Singer (2009 Documentary)
This dramatic and revealing video biography and music performance traces the jazz singer Ed Reed and his 40 year struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, multiple incarcerations and attempts at getting clean and sober, culminating in his recovery in 1986. As a jazz singer most of his life, he has worked with and associated himself with some of the giants of jazz, some of whom he met in prison. At the age of 78, Ed Reed made his recording debut in 2007 with 'Ed Reed Sings Love Stories', which was followed in 2008 with ' The Song is You.' In 2008 and 2009, he was voted a 'Rising Male Singer in the annual Downbeat Critics Poll. His music has been widely acclaimed nationally by jazz critics and reviewers including the legendary Nat Hentoff. Ed Reed tells a unflinchingly candid and compelling story of his life, his music, and his recovery that has many lessons for us all.
44. A Situation (2013 Short Film)
Set in a London pub of a hot summer evening, 'A Situation' is an urban tale about the impossible love between Renee, a 63 year old jazz singer, and Yuji, a 25 year old artist. It is the last night of Renee's performance, and also the last time to see Yuji before she leaves UK for her ill daughter in a foreign country.
45. Cadmium Red Light (2007)
This 51 minute film documents the life of Lennie Kesl, artist, jazz singer, teacher, and eccentric. He's one of the most endearing characters you'll meet anywhere. With a 78 rpm mind, Kesl is the irrepressible lover of women, of jazz, and art, arcane knowledge, irrefutable trivia and almost anything for free. He is the original 'spiral Groove'.
46. Celebrate! International Performing Arts for All (2004 TV Movie)
On September 15, 2004, the Canadian Paralympic athletes gathered for a team pep rally in Athens on the evening prior to Opening Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. This one-hour performance documentary brought together four artists from across Canada to perform at this rally: Jesse Ross, a blind Paralympian jazz singer, Denis Harting, a blind pop singer, Chin Injeti, a pop singer who is a Juno award-winner vocalist struck by polio at a young age, and Adrian Anantawan, a scholarship award-winning violinist who was studying at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. This documentary special chronicles their journey to Athens, the trials and tribulations of performance and their aspirations for others to follow.
47. Arkadiy Raykin (1975 Documentary)
There was no Soviet actor who could claim a greater popularity than Raikin. He was allowed the impossible: to be a satirist. Even during the height of government approved Anti-Semitism, Raikin was a figure to be reckoned with. He was known and beloved by all, his razor-sharp wit admired - and feared. In fact, president Putin met his future wife at a Raikin show. The film follows Raikin to his shows, on stage, and backstage, during rehearsals, at rest, and during conversations with his friends, including legendary Soviet jazz singer Leonid Utesov, film director Yuli Raizman, the poet Bella Ahmadullina, and the American film director George Kukor. Russian. 55 minutes, 1975
48. Tal (????)
When Western propaganda painted a drab, gray picture of life in USSR, bohemians in the capital city of the Latvian Socialist Republic, Riga, partied hard, played jazz, dressed up in mod clothes and loved passionately. One of the brightest meteoric stars to appear in that mix was Michail Tal. Independent, brainy and a bit of a spoiled enfant terrible, at 23 he became the youngest Chess Grand Master of the World. TAL is the story of his loves, his brilliant chess conquests and painful defeats and his protracted «war» with the KGB bent on keeping his genius in line with Soviet dogma.With an inexplicably magnetic attraction for women, Tal's bedroom adventures of ten put him on a collision course with both his family and conservative Soviet authorities. Tal's 1st wife, Sally Landau, a jazz singer and an actress whom he married the day after they met, raced with her husband across this complicated landscape until they both burned up in each other's orbits. After a wild and drunken period of debauchery, drugs, alcohol and another impulsive marriage to a young Georgian beauty that lasted for a day, Tal finally met Gelia, his life companion. Immediately, after they moved in together, Tal's wildness clashed with her desire for stability and normalcy sometimes with painful results. Tal's family's alternative lifestyle was a continual source of laughter, outbursts of passions and frightening brushes with harsh soviet realities. His biological father Robert was a wheeler-dealer black marketeer, his brother a skirt-chaser and his mother, Ida, a happy polygamist. In spite of the opportunity to defect to the West orchestrated by Tal's friend, a black jazzman, Alex Reed, Tal returned to Riga after each tournament. This was always his choice rather than the result of the constant threat by his KGB minder, Deputy Gagarin, to retaliate against his family if he did. In the end it is Gagarin who defects while Tal returns to the USSR crowned Blitz Chess Champion of the World. In the background of Tal's story is the rarified world of chess masters and the clash of cultures and political systems of the time.
49. Cinema-N-Focus (2014 TV Series)
Episode: The Coming of Sound (2014)
Episode Four of the educational series Cinema-N-Focus: The Coming of Sound is an in-depth and entertaining look at the technology and inspiration behind the audible revolution of the cinema. Prior to the innovations that would bring the talkies to life, cinemas relied largely on in-house sound effects and musical accompaniments to live-score films. The mighty Wurlitzer was as common as cowboys and melodramas on the silver screen. But the early inventions of Thomas Edison, W.K.L. Dickson and many others would prove the world over that the promise of galloping horses, fully formed musicals and laser-paced dialogue was not far from reality. Tracking these early developments into the 1920 and 1930s, we delve deeper into the artistic, commercial and cultural aspirations of the talking picture. 1927s The Jazz Singer blew the doors off of Hollywood and completely changed the model of film-making for years to come. Studios not only had to invest in new technology to capture effective sound, but theaters had to update entire chains in order to keep up with the demands of its audience. Overall, though, the conversion to sound would prove fruitful for those willing to capitalize off of its endless possibilities. This episode of Nuray Pictures' educational series features interviews with writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), University of Miami professor and sound editor Jeffrey Stern (Boardwalk Empire), Savannah College of Art and Design professor and Academy Award winner David Stone (Bram Stoker's Dracula) and University of Miami professor Dr. William Rothman.
50. I'm Much Obliged (1936 Short Film)
The newspaper columnist 'Mr. Inquisitive' calls people at random and asks them "What would you like to do?" The answers are printed in his column, and the person is eligible for a prize. He just happens to call several contemporary popular entertainers (all of whom perform), including singer Vera Van; the leader of Lester Cole and His Texas Rangers, a country & western singing group; and the male half of Rosita & Fontana, a ballroom dancing duo. Also featured are The Heat Waves, a trio of jazz singers/tap dancers.
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