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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place. Written by
as a film, interesting, as a music documentary, not the best
Okay, if you love music and expecting to see great performances you'd better look elsewhere. Not that the performers aren't great on here, but the film maker was far more concerned with filming audience reaction, boats and musician's faces while playing than actually capturing the performance. The photography is interesting, but it is painfully obvious Bert Stern was not very interested in showing the talents that the musicians possessed but rather wanted to make a personal artistic statement. This would be fine if the statement he was making was more interesting than the music, but it's not.
You'll find yourself wanting to see more performance and less people looking like they have headaches on Sailboats. Still what IS there, is pretty great. Film quality is excellent in terms of color and photography.
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