Film: Born To Be Blue (Certificate 15)
wall2wall Jazz Festival
- Saturday 31st August 2019
- Melville Centre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD
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The wall2wall Jazz Festival ventures for the first time into the cinema world, with a joint venture with the Abergavenny Film Society.
Born To Be Blue stars Ethan Hawke as the troubled jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, shown making a tempestuous career comeback in the 1960s.
Chet Baker was renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. But by the 1960s his career and personal life was in shambles due to years of heroin addiction.
The film traces Chet Baker’s battle with his demons, with a familiar mix of success, fame, drugs, sex, love and the fundamental battle to be understood as an artist.
A classic line from the film is when Chet Baker tells his wife – “Time gets wider … I can get inside every note.” If telling a story about Chet Baker needs to understand what it means to “get inside every note.” – Born To Be Blue does.
Please note – this film is ‘Certificate 15’.