"'Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris" is a feature documentary about a great but unheralded jazz singer that explores the very nature of what it is to live the life of an artist--any artist. Filmmaker Raymond De Felitta examines the life of cult favorite jazz singer Jackie Paris, but at the same time he might well be exploring the life of any artist in any discipline, too many of whom share the same fate that Paris did: the explosive debut followed by the years of ups and downs; the constant hope that success, though out of reach, is around the corner; the private tragedies that grow out of artistic frustration; and the final, self-inflicted wounds which all too often cause the once promising to descend into bitterness and chaos, a prelude to vanishing completely. Working with rare found footage and new interviews with jazz legends such as Billy Taylor, George Wein, Mark Murphy and Ruth Price, as well as the final concert footage and last interviews Jackie Paris ever gave -- De ... Written by
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Jackie Paris, was, lets face it, a marginally good jazz singer who had a few hits then disappeared into obscurity. It happens all the time, not just in Jazz, but in all forms of music. Almost like a one hit wonder. The director, Raymond De Felitta, decides to track down Paris, and discover his rise and fall. While these are usually quite interesting, Paris is not, quite possibly because, again, he just doesn't have quite the appeal that makes his fall from grace so spectacular in movies like this. Also, it doesn't help that Paris is a particularly scummy character in himself, as he was not particularly nice to anyone, leaving many spouses and kids hurting. The whole thing is not shot particularly well either, lots of shots are shaky and grainy, making this a less then memorable viewing experience.
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