MILES DAVIS: THE BIRTH OF COOL

MILES DAVIS: THE BIRTH OF COOL

2019 (USA) 114 minutes
Directed by: Stanley Nelson

Newly released archival material, interviews with pre-eminent historians and personal friends like Quincy Jones, illustrate a man of intensity and devotion to his craft. Despite the indignities of America during the time of segregation, nothing was going to stop Davis from realizing his dream: to create a new form of musical expression. Davis worked like a physicist with his collaborators to push musical experimentation and widen the tones and lyricism of jazz—the effects of which are felt to this day. As the film delves into his past loves, personal relationships, and addictions, a clearer portrait of Davis the man emerges. Davis is fearless and engaging throughout, and his intellectual fervor is only tempered by his insecurities. An epic biopic collects the strands of a creative life and weaves them together for us to understand one of the great modern American artists like never before.

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