Ended on 9/11/2008

ANITA O'DAY: THE LIFE OF A JAZZ SINGER -  (unrated)

2007 - USA - English - 90 minutes - Palm Pictures

Directed by: Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden

Featuring: Anita O'Day, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mandel, George Wein, Margaret Whiting


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This is the first, definitive documentary on the life of the legendary Jazz vocalist Anita O' Day. In Anita's own words, we hear the tale of a musical genius who broke race barriers and lived her life boldly, unconventionally, without looking back. In candid interviews with the Filmmakers, Anita gives a poignant and often funny account of her jazz oddyssey, that is now well into its seventh decade. With her classic wry wit, Anita speaks with television icons such as Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble, David Frost and Harry Reasoner to reveal why at 87 she is the last living singer from the Golden Age.

The film showcases rare and never before seen vintage performances and includes interviews from vocalists Annie Ross and Margaret Whiting, Jazz Impresario George Wein, award winning arrangers Bill Holman, Johnny Mandel, Russel Garcia & Buddy Bregman, writer/actor producer John Cameron Mitchell, Joe Franklin and friends from different times in Anita's life.

"A masterpiece of the medium, the documentary relates her extroadinary life story as a musician with no softened edges and plenty of extended musical passages."
--LA WEEKLY

"High as a kite and dressed in a chic, white-fringed black hat and matching dress, she's a sight to behold and a supreme pleasure to hear."
--Sura Wood, The Hollywood Reporter

"Wow -- now this is how you make a jazz documentary...The film shows everything, stitching it together in a style that brings the classic aesthetic of jazz-record covers to life."
--Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune








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Posted by : Ray Foley Date Added: 5/14/2008 10:16:53 PMreport this post 
MUST SEE!

Posted by : Ray Foley Date Added: 5/14/2008 10:23:31 PMreport this post 
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Posted by : Jacqueline McCulloch Date Added: 8/19/2008 10:59:27 AMreport this post 
After leaving the theater last night I wish I could have said to my friends -- "Let's be dirty ole stayouts and jump down to see Anita at the "Half Note." Did it many times. Finally some tribute to a great artist. So glad she set Bryant Gumbal back on his heels. Goodie Goodie for you Anita.

Posted by : David Date Added: 8/25/2008 9:57:21 AMreport this post 
Almost overwhelming. Several 'jaw-drop' moments. Honest and ... run don't walk.

Posted by : Frank Date Added: 8/25/2008 11:56:03 PMreport this post 
My face hurt from smiling so much!
The joy of seeing and hearing Anita sing jazz was nearly equalled by the satisfaction of listening to her talk about it.
Even people who care little for jazz should see this.
What an amazing woman and what an astonishing life!

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     Total Comments:  12   Lowest vote: 3  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 3.7 out of 5
 

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