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MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

Directed by Stanley Nelson

USA, 2019, 1h 55min, DCP

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There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis. Directed by MacArthur “genius” Fellow and documentary icon Stanley Nelson.

REVIEWS

“If you’re a Miles Davis fanatic from way back and think you already know everything about him, the movie, with its sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“I highly recommend this decades-spanning, engrossing, hilarious, sad, and informative documentary to all music fans, whether you liked Davis beforehand or not.” – Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

“Though one could be justified doing an entire feature on each of Miles‘ distinct eras, Cool is sure to be an easy entry point for the uninitiated.” – Arlen Golden, Film Inquiry

“The film contains more rare footage and photos than can really be digested in two hours, and much is left off the table; most fans will wish this very enjoyable portrait lasted 10 or 12 hours, at a minimum.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“Trending more societal than epistemological, the director manages to both impress the immense weight of Davis’ artistic contributions and accurately retrofit the trumpeter as a cultural radical, and peerless personality cult figure.” – Kahron Spearman, Austin Chronicle

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