Round Midnight

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Released 1986

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Director:
Bertrand Tavernier
Released:
1986
Rating:
R
Round Midnight is an award-winning 1986 film from writer-director Bertrand Tavernier that stars jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon in a story about a tenor saxophone expatriate living in 1950s Paris, where he navigates between his music career in the iconic European city and his own personal struggles with alcohol abuse. Gordon plays Dale Turner, a fictional character whose personality and lifestyle is a composite of such real-life jazz champions as Lester Young and Bud Powell. Paris in the 1950s was a hotbed of creative brilliance and artistic freedom, a place where artists came from all over the world to practice their craft and make a name for themselves. Tavernier chose to cast a real-life jazz man in the lead role rather than a professional actor, hoping to achieve a sense of realism in the film. The gamble paid off, and Dexter Gordon's performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Herbie Hancock composed the score, which won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score. Round Midnight is an illuminating and touching film about a passionate jazz man struggling to survive his own self-destructive artistry.moreless

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Arts, Drama, Music

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Love & Romance, Historical, 80s, Showbiz