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WIN ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT on Criterion Blu-Ray

‘Round Midnight is a love letter from director BERTRAND TAVERNIER (Coup de torchon) to the heyday of bebop and to the Black American musicians who found refuge in the smoky underground jazz clubs of 1950s Paris. In a miraculous, sui generis fusion of performer and character, legendary saxophonist DEXTER GORDON plays Dale Turner, a brilliant New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction. Searching for a fresh start, Turner relocates to Paris, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a struggling single father and ardent jazz fan (The Intouchables’ FRANÇOIS CLUZET) who finds his life transformed as he attempts to help the self-destructive musician. HERBIE HANCOCK’s evocative, Oscar-winning score sets the mood for this definitive jazz film, a bittersweet opus that glows with lived in, soulful authenticity.
FRANCE | 1986 | 131 MINUTES | COLOUR | 2.35:1 |
IN FRENCH & ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by composer Herbie Hancock and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • New interview with jazz critic Gary Giddins
  • New conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon, widow of musician Dexter Gordon
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary from 19TK[ck]
  • Panel discussion from 2014 featuring director Bertrand Tavernier, Cuscuna, Maxine Gordon, and jazz scholar John Szwed, moderated by jazz critic and broadcaster Mark Ruffin
  • Performance from 1969 of “Fried Bananas” by Dexter Gordon, directed by Teit Jørgensen[ck]
  • Excerpt from the 1996 documentary Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know, by Don McGlynn ck]
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Mark Anthony Neal
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