Saturday, December 24, 2016

Guy and Madeline On A Park Bench 2009

For all you La La Land lovers allow me to recommend Damien Chazelle's first film made when he was only 24. Shot on black and white 16mm film and running a tight 85 minutes this romantic triangle between an African American Jazz Trumpeter and his two back and forth white girlfriends is charming, quirky and lovely and this time we are in Boston with some scenes in New York City. Guy is a nice guy but a user of women. Both of his girls are a little lost and looking for love in all the right wrong places, but that's the plot line. I was delighted with this little gem from the get go. The movie highly influenced by the French new wave, Cassavettes, Jacque Demy and Hollywood boy meets girl musicals that we all love will find their way into his big brash colorful La La Land some years later, but here in this black and white world of tight small jazz clubs and cramped small apartments there is still time and room for the wonderful non professional cast to break out in song and dance, sometimes a song while walking in the park or a dance in a fast food joint or in a jazz club as seen in the clip I've posted. The film has just been released on dvd in a lovely transfer with extras so grab your hankies and see this original American movie. Ok?


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