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Bix was filmed almost entirely on location in Davenport in 1991. The filmmakers, Pupi and Antonio Avati, are huge fans of Beiderbecke's music, and came to Iowa to make Pupi's dream film about Bix's life. The brothers even bought the family home in Davenport and owned it for many years after the filming. I am not sure about the status of the home now.
Most of the actors were cast from an open, cattle-call audition in the Quad-City area. A few exceptions included Bryant Weeks, who was a professional stage actor in Chicago at the time. I haven't seen him since. That might explain why most of the cast is uncredited. The Avatis wanted to use real people from the town where they were making the film. Because of the way credits work in Italian films, most of them did not receive a credit.
The film was edited oddly. It jumped around a great deal through Bix's life, making it difficult to understand the chronological details. However, Weeks delivers a gentle performance and the cinematography is beautiful. The sentimentality, paired with original scores of Bix's music, makes it worth seeing.
I have one good line in it too..
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