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  • Shadows

    1959. USA. John Cassavetes. 87 min.

  • Stopforbud

    1963. Denmark. Jørgen Leth, Ole John. 12 min.

Sunday, July 6, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • Shadows

    1959. USA. Written and directed by John Cassavetes. Music by Shafi Hadi, Charles Mingus. With Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd. Cassavetes's vital, poignant, and humorous story of interracial romance and "passing"—often hailed as an American counterpart to Godard's Breathless (also 1959)—shattered cinematic conventions with its improvisational acting, jumpy editing, and handheld camerawork in the streets, coffee shops, late-night parties, and sculpture gardens of New York City. Critic Gary Giddins observes, "Cassavetes signed the incomparable Charles Mingus, who insisted on written arrangements. The irony of a world-class improviser notating the score for a film otherwise afloat in improvisation may have been lost on Cassavetes, who tired of Mingus's delays. In the end, the director settled for a few minutes of Mingus's solo bass and several more minutes of Mingus's alto saxophonist, Shafi Hadi. Mingus never completed a single arrangement for the film, but his sketches were later extended into such jazz classics as 'Nostalgia in Times Square,' 'Diane' (or 'Alice's Wonderland'), and 'Strollin'." 87 min.

  • Stopforbud

    1963. Denmark. Directed by Jørgen Leth, Ole John. Narration by Dexter Gordon. The great bebop pianist Bud Powell meanders through strange landscapes of Copenhagen. 12 min.

In the Film exhibition Jazz Score

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