Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

(USA/2019—directed by Stanley Nelson) 

Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator, genius. The central theme of Miles’s life was his determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star, but it also tested the patience of those who loved him. Again and again, in music and life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again.

His disregard for tradition, clarity of vision and thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and an icon to generations of listeners. Featuring never-before-seen footage and studio outtakes, the new documentary from Stanley Nelson (Tell Them We Are Rising) tells the story of a singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. (115 min.) 

“Exhilarating and blisteringly honest. The movie’s stunning archival reach fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new.”    -Owen Gleiberman, Variety 

The director, Stanley Nelson, will be on hand for a talk with Mark Stryker after the movie at Friday night's 7 p.m. showing. ​


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