Birth of the Cool

August 16, 2019 by Arts Editor
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MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL – a documentary featuring the life and career of musical giant and cultural icon Miles Davis, a true visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word, will be screened in a short season.

Miles Davis

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman wrote: “Directed by the gifted Stanley Nelson… it’s a tantalizing portrait: rich, probing, mournful, romantic, triumphant, tragic, exhilarating, and blisteringly honest”

The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again.

 

Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. Premiered at Sundance 2019.

The film will play a limited season August 22 – August 25 at:
SYDNEY Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown
BRISBANE Dendy Coorparoo, Dendy Portside
CANBERRA Dendy Canberra
Session times: https://www.dendy.com.au/events/miles-davis-birth-of-the-cool
*Other states to be confirmed*

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