Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985)

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Documentary cataloging the life and music of the band leader and clarinetist, Artie Shaw.



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Buddy Rich ...
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Biography of clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw, one of the principal figures of the big band/jazz era of the late 1930s and 1940s. He discusses his constant need to seek new challenges, which led to numerous retirements and career changes including his foray into writing, which had long been his primary intention. He speaks about his difficulty in reconciling his fans' popular expectations with his personal, more esoteric musical ambitions. His many years of retreat from public life are also discussed, as well as his notorious series of unsuccessful marriages. Written by scgary66

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25 October 1985 (Canada)  »

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Artie Shaw: Czas jest wszystkim co masz  »

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Artie Shaw agreed to do the film after being interviewed by Brigitte Berman for her previous film about Bix Beiderbecke, Bix: 'Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet' (1981), which he felt was an accurate documentary. See more »


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I am waiting for this to be released...I was in it.
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm hoping the producers can shed some light on when litigation with the Shaw estate may be close to an end, so that the world can enjoy this film, myself included. I was living and working in Ventura, California when this was shot. I'm a drummer, and was working with the Very Special Jazz Band, the group responsible for producing an Artie Shaw "Celebration" concert shortly before the release of this documentary. Artie came out of retirement, came up to Ventura and rehearsed the band for an entire afternoon, while the production crew captured it all. I doubt if anyone who participated got the opportunity to see this before it got tied up in the courts. With Artie no longer with us, I was hoping for a quick resolution. Sincerely, Rick Horne

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