This documentary tells the story of the extraordinary and legendary life of the man who is referred to as the greatest jazz guitar player of all times: Django Reinhardt. The film introduces us to those who worked with him, lived with him and loved him. It shows us how his mutilated left hand becomes a major asset of his musical creativity and later his discovery of jazz through Louis Armstrongs work. It takes us to his encounter with the violinist Stéphane Grappelli to the creation of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, from the luxurious years to his American disillusions. And finally, it depicts his famous flights to his sudden death on the banks of the Seine. We hear his friend Stéphane Grappellis loving words, Jean Sablons unusual anecdotes, Boris Vians regrets, Henri Salvadors fantasy. All these interviews come from archive footage and articles, but also, alive, from the people still able to talk with emotion about Django: drum player Roger Paraboschi, pianist Martial Solal, composer and violinist André Hodeir, saxophonist Jean-Louis Chautemps. We see how Djangos legend was born, carried along by these encounters illustrated by a subtle mixture of archives, interviews, photos, and original cartoons. Old recordings bring Djangos music back to life and ponctuate the story, introduced by one of his most legitimate heirs: his grandson and guitar player David Reinhardt. Uniquely, Django Reinhardt fits several simultaneous archetypes. He is the streetwise kid turned celebrity. He is the miraculous surivor of an accident who went on to overcome his handicap. He is the illiterate who used musical notes as a universal language. He is the whimsical musician who defied every setback. Django was already a legend in his own lifetime, and this film tells of the life and times of a genius to whom death came too early. Yet another, final archetype. But above all it allows us to discover the dazzling talent of one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the twentieth century.
Release Date: 31 May 2011
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Main Language: English