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  • Jack Johnson

    1970. USA. William Clayton. 90 min.

  • On Animal Locomotion

    1994. The Netherlands. Johann van der Keuken. 14 min.

Friday, August 1, 2008, 8:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Jack Johnson

    1970. USA. Directed by William Clayton. Music by Miles Davis. This Oscar-nominated, powerhouse portrait of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American heavyweight boxing champion (from 1908 to 1915) and who flouted racist expectations by living flamboyantly outside the ring, was made at the height of the Black Power movement in America. Miles Davis, himself a lifelong amateur boxer who had experienced his share of racism, contributed a groundbreaking score—experimenting with an aggressive electric sound and fusing jazz, funk, blues, and rock—in the same year that he would scandalize a generation of jazz purists with his album Bitches Brew. "I had that boxer's movement in mind," Davis said of the music in Jack Johnson, "that shuffling movement like boxers use. They're almost like dance steps, or like the sound of a train…. That train image was in my head when I thought about a great boxer like Joe Louis or Jack Johnson. When you think of a big heavyweight coming at you it's like a train." The subsequently released album would feature John McLaughlin, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Billy Cobham, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Keith Jarrett. 90 min.

  • On Animal Locomotion

    1994. The Netherlands. Directed by Johann van der Keuken. Music by Willem Breuker. Working with his longtime composer Willem Breuker, the Dutch documentarian playfully experiments with human movement amid the landscapes of Lithuania, Switzerland, Russia, Sarajevo, and France. 14 min.

In the Film exhibition Jazz Score

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