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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles Davis was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of his life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms.
(NR, 115 min.)

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Friday, October 18, 2019

5:30 PM

Saturday, October 19, 2019

3:30 PM 6:00 PM

Sunday, October 20, 2019

4:30 PM

Monday, October 21, 2019

4:30 PM

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

5:45 PM

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

5:45 PM

Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:15 PM

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles Davis was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of his life, and of this film is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. [Metacritic]

Starring: Ashley Kahn, Betty Davis, Carl Lumbly, Carlos Santana, Cheryl Davis, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, Juliette Gr, Lee Konitz, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Ron Carter, Stanley Crouch, Wayne Shorter
Director: Stanley Nelson
Genre(s): Music, Documentary

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"An excellent primer from a dependable chronicler of African-American culture."

— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"The film is kind of brilliant in the way it covers and contextualizes more than 50 years of groundbreaking music in barely two hours."

— Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"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

"It's a film that Miles himself would recognize - truthful, gritty, elegantly musical, unpredictable and even surprising - the kind of complex yet elegiac tribute a man as relentlessly real as Miles Davis deserves."

— Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

"As someone who’s absorbed bits and pieces of the Miles Davis story over the years but never felt like I had the big picture, I found “Birth of the Cool” to be intensely gratifying. Nelson is a filmmaker with a sixth sense for how to nudge history into the present."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"The considerable achievement of “Birth of the Cool” comes from the way it understands those words and places them in the context of American history. You’ll want to listen to Miles’ music after watching the film and, when you do, you might feel it a little deeper."

— Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times