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Round Midnight

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Round Midnight

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Dexter Gordon, François CLuzet, Gabrielle Haker

year: 1986

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Bertrand Tavernier

runtime: 131

Tavernier's offbeat love letter to bebpop gets the best jazz film award since Sven Klang's "Combo". The film reeks of the authentic stuff of jazz, smoky with atmosphere and all as blue as a Gauloise packet. Dale Turner, as played by Dexter Gordon, seems to be an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young, but the private, rueful dignity that he brings to bear is all his own.


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