Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Despite his love for the music, at a first glance Eastwood and jazz seem like an odd fit. Yet his macho, non-talkative image fits the genres expressive style, particularly the freeform of be-bop. That said, Clint just can't escape his personality and that shines through in this labour of love, a film that never gets beyond the surface of the great Charlie Parker.
Eastwood picks up the story in the early 50's when 'Yardbird' had established himself as the main man on the scene, although his personal life is still as much of a mess as it ever was. His innovation placed him alongside pioneers like Gillespie and Monk, although his marriage is a shambles and heroin is gradually wearing…
Why I watched this one? I am a huge Clint Eastwood fan. Of his 56 movies he has starred in or directed I had seen 51 of them. Bird was one of the few that I had not seen. Plus this is the movie that changed Eastwood's career....as it was the first critically acclaimed award winning movie he directed. It one won an Oscar...and Clint picked up a Golden Globe for Best Director for this movie.
What is this one about? The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.
My thoughts on this one? A huge negative for me going into this movie...is the fact that I am not a music fan at all. So watching…
If Clint Eastwood's directorial career were to be divided pre and post Unforgiven as makes sense to me at least, Bird is the early entry that stands out the most. Visually and thematically it is the most impressive of the lot, feeling very much a part of his more mature work. It's a dark and shadowy world that Charlie Parker inhabited, at least that's the way Eastwood plays and who am I to argue? It's a portrait of a talented artist and his inner demons, and Whittaker gives it his all.
Bird drifts inconclusively but seductively, never fulfilling its promise but succeeding as one of Eastwood's most delectable directorial efforts.
A jazz musician characterisation, particularly one who leads the bop charge amidst an unruly existence, is often pulled between jazz cool stability and odd hour industry, and the edgier expression and indulgence of an archetypal tortured genius; the prickly, unreliable victim who finds solace and insular purpose in his musical voice. Charlie seems tragically self-aware of the closing in fate of his lifestyle, but at the same time he amiably engages through the melodic sweetness and drifter lonerism of a prince in exile (or a court songbird) constantly fighting the recurrences of drab days and bleak nights, a thematic combo present…
Eastwoods boldest film by far.
Like Parkers music it at once seems chaotic and impenetrable yet ingeniusly toe tapping, but once you settle down and let it wash over you something else begins to speak beneath the surface. Something sweet and sad. Charlie Parker is a figure the world simply cannot forget in the mix of troubled artists that have come and gone over the years and Eastwood treats the film with this bittersweet urgency. The heroin and alcohol use is never shown explicitly in the film but it almost always shows the sobering, sweaty aftermath. For how horribly Parker treated his body in the short years he lived, nobody would want to see a film of him administering that…
The title of this movie always reminds me of Jim and Jeff singing Mockingbird in their doggy camper van.
But this is Forest Whitaker at his very best playing the awesome Saxophone with the added Jazz.
Clint Eastwood directed this and I'm not surprised as he loves the genre of Jazz himself. Surprised he contained himself behind the camera and didn't jump out to get on the piano.
The film is very slow going but shows how Bird (Charlie) continued to woo crowds with his playing. But like most musicians they were hooked on the drugs which created their own downfall.
Such a shame of lost talent as Bird was more known after he passed away and still upto this day people must be using his music.
Clint Eastwood, who directed, gives the life of the master of jazz improvisation-the bebop alto saxophonist Charlie Parker-the art-film treatment: flashbacks, rain, darkness, and a running time of 161 minutes. With the film flashing back and forth, you can't get the hang of Parker's life story, and you don't come out with much understanding of his achievement or what made him a legend-the potent archetype of the self-destructive jazz artist. As Parker, Forest Whitaker trudges off to his gigs like a jazz version of Willy Loman; he's always fouling up- boozing and doping and smashing things. Whitaker gives a richly felt performance, yet he comes across as just a genial big blob of a fellow who can't get his life…
Clint Eastwood presenta los últimos días de la leyenda del jazz, Charlie Parker (Bird). Un genio que no pudo escapar de la autodestrucción.
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It may not seem like it, but Bird is more than a tribute film to the genius Charlie Parker. Helped by a labyrinthine structure, which combines various stages of Parker's life, Eastwood draws up a stunning portrait of a legendary jazz era. And Forest Whitaker is the man tormented by his constant personal failures, failures that are combined with the music and the tragedy of his friends and family. It may not be an accurate movie, but Bird is, anyway, a beautiful biopic.
It is clear that this was a labour of love for Clint Eastwood. It cut have been cut by at least twenty minutes as it does drag and the story seems repetitive at certain times. It is worth watching alone as Forest Whitaker delivers his greatest ever performance and Diane Venora's is fantastic as his long-suffering wife. Keith David also shows up which is always a treat. A solid biopic.
Intoxicating and sorrowful.
Opening has musical development of a genius charted in three brief dialogue-less impressions. But the very starting point is donkey feet tramping dirt ground.
Structure is the rhythm and the emotional tenor in the melodic line. A silvery drum cymbal spinning in darkness is first seen as a UFO-like abstract transitional wipe before its surrounding context of an early public performance failure is revealed.
Forrest Whitaker's Charlie Parker is large, wiry and unpredictably verbose. We first see him and his wife together in an unbearably painful exchange after he returns home from touring to the darkened daytime home, while the rain pummels outside and a child cries and the recent tragedy is brought up and introduced to…
A great and sad story of one of the true great Jazz musicians of all time. His life wasn't pretty but the story is well told and feels very honest. For me this is one of Forest Whitaker's best performances ever it is very underrated as it seems to be one of his forgotten performances in his illustrious career. For me he is probably one of the more underrated actors in Hollywood. As for the direction I think Eastwood does a great job with the film. It is a little long but the music makes up for it. Overall a great movie with a great score. If you are a fan of Jazz and/or music this deserves a watch. 7/10
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