The movie Round Midnight, directed by Betrand Tavernier, is a very well reflected portrayal of the jazz scene, as it was known in the late fifties. The main character and protagonist of the movie, Dale Turner who is played by Dexter Gordon, leaves New York to go to Paris. Dale leads the audience through the ups and downs of being a working jazz musician. The struggles of business, the 24-hour love for the music, the constant late hours of the night, the run-down residencies jazz musicians are sometimes forced to live in, and especially the fight against drugs. All theses details help the audience realize what the scene was like back then, however, the jazz scene as musicians know it today is completely different from how it was back then. In this aspect, I wouldn't recommend this movie to any non-jazz musicians, because they would only get a taste for the period of time Tavernier was trying to represent. One must realize that time changes everything, and for a fast evolving music like jazz, one cannot expect this movie to be closely accurate to jazz life as it is today for these reasons.
Racism affects everybody on this planet, whether they know it or not. Racism has effect jazz ever since it evolved from the evil within people. This is one of the reasons that this movie is not accurate to present day jazz life. Even though there is still an underlying tension between people of different race today, this tension does not come close to what racism was back in the fifties. It was ten times harder for black musicians to prosper back then only because of their color. White people did not want to see black people playing white people. If they did it would infuriate them and they would not want to listen to the music. Early in the film Dale describes how when he was in the army he had a picture of his wife who was white. And a fellow officer, who couldn't expect that this black man had a prettier white wife then he did, said a comment to Dale in...
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