Cinema Nouveau brings you films portraying a selection of moments in the lives of iconic musicians. Perhaps the Blue in Green is in fact a pair of Blue Suede Shoes.
Elvis & Nixon
On 21 December 1970 the King of Rock ‘n Roll showed up at the White House and requested an urgent meeting with the President of the United States of America.
The moment when Elvis Presley met President Richard Nixon, requesting to be sworn in as a government agent, was immortalised in a photograph known as being the most requested in the National Archives. The magnitude of this iconic moment is matched by the on screen chemistry between Michael Shannon (Elvis Presley) and Kevin Spacey (President Richard Nixon).
Witness the strange, but true story of Elvis & Nixon:
The man who co-wrote, directed and stars in the film about the legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, Don Cheadle, was inspired to create a piece of work as creative and visceral as his music.
This isn’t a biography, for the interest of not wanting to create any misconceptions, but rather a look at the five year period where Miles Davis didn’t create any music or perform.
It varies from previous biographies based on the life of the iconic jazz musician by focusing on that period of listlessness and drug addiction in the 1970s. Miles Ahead offers a glimpse into Miles Davis’ relationship with a journalist, Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor), who took an interest in the musician during that time and his marriage to former dancer, Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi).
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Miles Davis was born on 26 May 1926 and died on 28 September 1991. He’d have been 90 this year. He was a bandleader, composer, musical pioneer, icon of all things hip and best known for playing the trumpet. He could also play the piano, flugelhorn, synthesiser and organ. Some might sum him up as being the most influential figure in the history of jazz and 20th century music.
His career spanned from 1944 to 1991. Between 1975 and 1980 Miles Davis disappeared off the radar. He didn’t make any music or perform. Don Cheadle, who co-wrote, directed and stars in Miles Ahead, felt inspired to portray the down notes in Miles Davis’ life and wanted to create a piece of work as creative and visceral as the music made by the jazz legend.
By virtue Miles Ahead isn’t a biopic. It spotlights the period where Miles Davis was off the public radar — which amplified the appetite for his return. On some level it is easy to portray the great moments in an icon’s life, but somehow more challenging to add the right amount of depth to the less favourable moments. To embody somebody like Miles Davis is also just something else. The man was a visionary, futuristic creative. Without raving too much about him and before you watch Miles Ahead, add these to your playlist:
It’s hard to listen to his music and not feel something. The man went where the music took him and his music has a way of making the mind wander. The highs and the lows — Miles Davis could play every note.
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