Movie Review

View one of the movies listed below. Write a 750 word minimum essay contextualizing the movie within the matrix of concepts, personalities, and music examined in this course. In general, think of this essay as a “critical analysis” in which you need to explain any personal opinions that you assert. Please address the following points:
• Give a brief (1 paragraph) biographical sketch of the principal character/musician.

• Socially and musically, how is the principal character portrayed?

• What historical phase of the development of jazz does the principal character belong to?
• How does the life and music of the principal character reflect the issues we’ve examined in relation to that historical phase?

• Describe the narrative of the film. How does the story unfold? – This is the core of you movie review.

Possible movies:

  • Young Man with a Horn (about Bix Beiderbeck) 1949
  • The Five Pennies (about Red Nichols) 1959
  • Lady Sings the Blues (about Billie Holliday) 1972
  • For Love or Country (about Arturo Sandoval) 2001
  • Miles Ahead (about Miles Davis) 2015
  • Born to be Blue (about Chet Baker) 2016
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