A Great Day in Harlem: The Story and Sounds behind the Most Famous Photo in the History of Jazz (2-DVD)

by Various Artists
Rating 4.6
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Homevision
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Bonus Footage: New Video Profiles of the 59 Musicians
    • Featurette:
      1. Art Kane
      2. Bill Charlap and Kenny Washington
      3. Copycat Photos
      4. Stories from the Making of A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM

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Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 12/01/1995
"...Oscar-nominated ode to joy..." - Recommended
Entertainment Weekly - 01/22/1999
"...Witty..." -- Rating: A-
USA Today - 02/24/1996
"...[A] charmer..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 02/17/1995
"...Very moving....A loving remembrance of a loosely knit community of musicians..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/1995
"...A likeable, intelligently original and moving documentary..."
Rolling Stone - 02/09/2006
"[C]olor footage shot on the day, and decades-later interviews with the players, make it sublimely edifying."

Product Description:

The story behind a photograph conceived by Esquire Magazine art director Art Kane. He gathered all the greats in the Jazz world for a group shot on a sultry summer day on 125th Street in Harlem, 1958. With a "cast" that includes Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakely, this documentary provides a rare glimpse into the close-knit, warm world of the Jazz era, as well as some heartwarming and amusing footage of legends just being themselves.

Plot Keywords:

1950s | Documentary | Jazz | Jazz Legends | Jazz Musicians | Music (General) | Theatrical Release | True Story

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  • Sales Rank: 104,220
  • UPC: 014381303520
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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