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Miles Davis: horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis's life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles's bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop.

  • Director: Stanley Nelson
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Documentary | Music
  • Year: 2019
  • Run Time: 01:55:00
  • imdb Score: 7.2/10 (182 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis
"The considerable achievement of BIRTH OF THE COOL comes from the way it understands those words and places them in the context of American history. You’ll want to listen to Miles’ music after watching the film and, when you do, you might feel it a little deeper. "
Glenn Whipp - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"I highly recommend this decades-spanning, engrossing, hilarious, sad, and informative documentary to all music fans, whether you liked Davis beforehand or not."
Lorry Kikta - FILM THREAT

"As someone who’s absorbed bits and pieces of the Miles Davis story over the years but never felt like I had the big picture, I found BIRTH OF THE COOL to be intensely gratifying. Nelson is a filmmaker with a sixth sense for how to nudge history into the present."
Variety - OWEN GLEIBERMAN

AWARDS

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best Music

FESTIVALS

Sundance Film Festival 2019

Helsinki Int'l Film Festival 2019

Krakow Film Festival 2019

Miami Film Festival 2019

Atlanta Film and Video Festival 2019

RiverRun Int'l Film Festival 2019

IndieLisboa 2019

Montclair Film Festival 2019

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2019

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2019

Deauville Film Festival 2019

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