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Round Midnight

7.4
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Original title
Autour de minuit (Round Midnight)
Year
Running time
133 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Bertrand Tavernier, David Rayfiel
Music
Herbie Hancock
Cinematography
Bruno de Keyzer
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-United States; Warner Bros / Little Bear
Genre
Drama. Musical | Jazz. 1950s. Alcoholism. Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon portrays Dale Turner, a fictional musician inspired by a number of famed jazz figures, including Bud Powell and Lester Young. Largely forgotten in his home country, Turner has moved to Paris in search of a more appreciative audience. He finds it in the form of Francis Borler (Francois Cluzet), a bebop aficionado who befriends the expatriate player. Borler soon becomes familiar with Turner's darker side, including his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression. Fearing for the musician's life, the fan becomes his caretaker, an arrangement that leads to a brief improvement in Turner's health and fortunes but places great emotional strain upon them both. Director Bertrand Tavernier pays great attention to the visual and aural details of the jazz world, with outstanding musical supervision provided by Herbie Hancock. 'Round Midnight's greatest asset, however, is Gordon's Academy Award-nominated performance, informed by his own life experiences. His naturally fascinating presence combines with the film's obvious love of the music and its milieu to provide what many have hailed as one of the more authentic and affectionate presentations of the jazz world on the silver screen.
Awards
1986: Oscar: Best Original Soundtrack. 2 Nominations
1986: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Dexter Gordon)
1986: César Awards: Best Original Soundtrack & Best Sound. 4 Nominations
1986: BAFTA Award: Nominated Best Score
1986: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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