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Charles Mingus ... Himself (archive footage)
Gunther Schuller ... Himself

Directed by
Don McGlynn 
Produced by
Don McGlynn .... producer
Sue Mingus .... producer
Film Editing by
Don McGlynn 
Christian Moltke-Leth 
Editorial Department
Sam Bassett .... on-line editor
David Meeker .... acknowledgment

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78 min

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A superb glimpse into the life of Charles Mingus, 28 October 2011
Author: jmm9134 from California

This film is excellent! Charles Mingus is one the most talented musicians/composers and one of the most interesting personalities in the history of America.

I have been a lover of music for my entire life, but I have been a lover of jazz for only the last ten. Before I watched this movie I knew very little about Charles Mingus. About eight years ago I'd heard his music for the first time when I bought a CD of his. I listened to it once and promptly put it back in it's case and decided that it wasn't for me. Then about three years went by and I was at a friend's house party and late that night after most of the quests had left my friend and I were talking about music and he mentioned Charles Mingus and how much he loved his music. He played his CD and I don't know what happened, but it was as if my ears had opened up for the first time and it sounded wonderful. Ever since then I've been a massive fan of all of Charles Mingus' music. His music is textured and layered and full of complexities I couldn't imagine possible. I love the energy and febricity that he infuses in each record. When I listen to his music I'm transported... I'm taken on a journey... I'm given an experience that other music just doesn't replicate. Watching this movie gave me a deeper insight into the man who made that possible. For me, the movie was compelling, but in the end it was still just a glimpse into his life. How can you expect a film to comprehensively capture the essence of a man's life? It left me wanting more, and yet I loved the experience it gave me and the insight it revealed.

This film inspired me.

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