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In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from ... See full summary »
In 1938, Austria is about to become a part of the Third Reich. A theater actress and a Jewish journalist fall in love and spend time together completely ignoring the political turmoil of the time despite friendly warnings.
Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »
Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is ... See full summary »
Chronicles the six-month strike at Hormel in Austin, Minnesota, in 1985-86. The local union, P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers, overwhelmingly rejects a contract offer with a $2/hour ... See full summary »
Three sectors of American society hit by recession in the mid-1980s: heartland farms, factory workers out of a job, and the new homeless. In Minnesota, 250 family farms are being repossesed... See full summary »
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
I am waiting for this to be released...I was in it.
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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