Be sure to check out the new autumn series at Ambler Theater, Jazz on Film, starting Wednesday November 4th. This great new series will explore the unique influence that Jazz has had in the movies. Expect to have your senses delighted by the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington.
The series kicks off November 4th at 7:30 pm with a film forum hosted by Dr. Ed Flanagan, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Dr Flanagan’s talk will include video and audio clips showcasing important intersections of jazz and cinema. This forum will set the stage for the series and is a must for any music lover.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) is the first of three dramatic films to enjoy. Jimmy Stewart is a small town Michigan lawyer who defends a soldier charged with murdering a man who allegedly raped his wife. This film’s score is by Duke Ellington (who also has a cameo) and also features Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott, and Lee Remick. Jimmy Stewart, Duke Ellington, need I say more? Catch this oldie but goodie November 11, 7:30 pm.
Next in line is Bird (1988). Forest Whitaker stars as Charlie “Bird” Parker, one of the all time jazz greats. This film is directed by Clint Eastwood who’s love of jazz comes through loud and clear in this portrayal of Parker’s brilliant, but tragic life. Parker’s actual recordings are digitally cleaned and recombined with contemporary sidemen on this unique soundtrack. You don’t want to miss this wonderful performance, November 18th, 7:30 pm.
Last in the series is Elevator to the Gallows (1958). An amazing improvisational score by the one and only, Miles Davis, is the backdrop for this French director’s debut on the big screen. This film is wonderfully alive as it mixes film noir with new wave sensibility. When a woman and her new lover conspire to murder her husband, their destinies are put in motion. This classic film features beautiful black and white cinematography and is subtitled. Be transported by this film November 25th, 7:30 pm.