DetailsDirector: Bertrand Tavernier Country: USA/France
Cert: 15 Year: 1986 Length: 133 minsLanguage: English/French
Score: 78.45% Attendance: 44
A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Largely forgotten in his home country, Dale Turner played by Dexter Gordon, has moved to Paris in search of a more appreciative audience. He finds it in the form of Francis Borler (Francois Cluzet), a bebop aficionado who befriends the expatriate player. Borler soon becomes familiar with Turner's darker side, including his struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression. Fearing for the musician's life, the fan becomes his caretaker, an arrangement that leads to a brief improvement in Turner's health and fortunes but places great emotional strain upon them both.
Director Bertrand Tavernier pays great attention to the visual and aural details of the jazz world, with outstanding musical supervision provided by Herbie Hancock. Round Midnight's greatest asset, however, is Gordon's Academy Award-nominated performance, informed by his own life experiences. His naturally fascinating presence combines with the film's obvious love of the music and its milieu to provide what many have hailed as one of the more authentic and affectionate presentations of the jazz world on the silver screen.
Herbie Hancock won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score.