"Django" the 2017 Django Reinhardt film

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by melstapler, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist Thread Starter


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    This new film stars Reda Kateb as Django Reinhardt and focuses on his experiences during World War II, during the Nazi occupation of France in 1943. Much like some of the other biopics which have been based on the lives and careers of musicians, some recent reviews have suggested that parts of the story are fictionalized.
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    As a fan of Django and history in general, I'm really looking forward to seeing this film. I remember reading that during the German occupation of France, Django Reinhardt's composition "Nuages" became the ultimate anthem of resistance to the Nazis. Jazz clubs played a big role in the resistance and the Hot Club did more than play great music; they allegedly gathered intelligence. Although Hitler wasn't a fan of the music and personally believed that jazz was an evil form of art created by the Jews, he attempted to remain on good terms with the French people by allowing the music. Hitler intended for these jazz clubs to serve as places of relaxation for the Nazi soldiers. Considering what the Nazis were doing to the Jews and the Gypsies at that time, Django, (a Gypsy himself), survived the war and continued to play music until his death in 1953.
     
  2. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    He made a statement by using his two fingers for fingering chords, or for raising them up in the air as a defiant pose.
     
  3. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Great color pic of him and Fred Astaire ..Paris 1944,
     
  4. Scope J

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    A must-see!
     
  5. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Why do these movies always have to have a Nazi element to somehow make them more exciting? The contrast has become boring.

    Having said that, Im glad that anyone would consider making a movie about this great guitarist.
     
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  6. liv3evil

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    These movies...biopics re: musicians? Probably safe to conclude that Django's life was made more exciting by the Nazis.
     
  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Agree. The hot jazz quintet always thought synonymous with the thirties.
     
  8. Jim B.

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    I'd be first in line for Kenny G vs Nazi's from Space though.
     
  9. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    :laugh:
     
  10. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    Experts estimate as many as half a million Romani people (commonly known as "Gypsys") were murdered by the Nazis, and that's something that, as far as I know, hasn't been dramatized in a popular movie. If a film about a beloved musician can bring that to public attention (and provide dramatic tension) I'm fine with that.

    From my link:
    In France, Vichy French authorities intensified restrictive measures against and harassment of Roma after the establishment of the collaborationist regime in 1940. In 1941 and 1942, French police interned at least 3,000 and possibly as many as 6,000 Roma, residents of both occupied France and unoccupied France. French authorities shipped relatively few of them to camps in Germany, such as Buchenwald, Dachau, and Ravensbrück.
     
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  11. Radio

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    Anyone see this?
     
  12. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Would have preferred a bio pic of his early gypsy life, losing fingers.. culminating in his playing with the hot jazz club in the thirties.
     
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  13. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

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    Summer bump
     
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  14. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

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    I've got the bug to read this now :

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  15. arley

    arley Forum Resident

    Glen Campbell was a fine in-demand session guitarist before he achieved pop stardom. Some years ago I heard an interview with him on NPR.

    He said "When I was fifteen I knew I was going to be the best jazz guitarist in the world. Then I heard some Django Reinhardt records and realized that job had already been filled."
     
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  16. Just finishing it & what an illuminating read.
     
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  17. Django was a strong influence on so many great guitarists as diverse as Jimmie Hendrix & Joe Pass.
     
  18. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

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    With a big ass monkey as his sidekick.
     
  19. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Rare Earth maven

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    That’s Jimi Hendrix. And, don’t forget Dickey Betts. :)
     
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  20. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Rare Earth maven

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    OMG!
     
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  21. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    Still, has anybody seen the movie?
    Seems to be a difficult film to find.
    Ebay has them, but I'm not particularly fond of the asking prices.
     

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