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
After the film won the Academy Award, Artie Shaw sued Brigitte Berman in Canadian court, claiming ownership of the film (which he liked). When he eventually lost his case both in the initial trial and on appeal, he restarted the suit in California courts. The legal difficulties prevented the film's release between 1987 and Shaw's death in 2004. See more »
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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