Friday, February 1, 2013

Notes on Stop For Bud



In 1963, Jørgen Leth, a Danish filmmaker (who was also a poet, art critic, controversialist and Tour de France commentator  made a short, poetic and visually stunning film about the jazz pianist Bud Powell known as Stop For Bud.

The film, without showing much of Bud's piano playing, succeeds in achieving something that is hugely missing in jazz films of today: finding the right images (to the extent that filmmaker's visual vocabulary allows) to accompany the music, a constant translation from music to cinema and vice versa.

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