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Plot: 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.
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“Bird” will probably be most appreciated by jazz fans who come to it already familiar with Charlie Parker and his incalculable contributions to jazz and influence on generations of musicians that continues to this day. The script contains many shorthand references that might be lost on the average moviegoer — e.g., Parker calls Dizzy Gillespie “Birks,” which was his middle name, but many people probably don’t know that.
But there is the music, and tons of it. There are extraordinary performances by Forest Whitaker as Parker, and Diane Venora as his common law wife, Chan. In many ways the film seems more a love story than the standard musical biopic. Chan was unfailingly supportive of Bird, despite his self-destructive drug use, alcoholism and chronic infidelity. He loved her in his own way, and I think she realized that she was in love with a genius who would forever be plagued by demons, and that she couldn’t have one without the other.
Clint Eastwood’s love of jazz is well-known, and in “Bird” he provides a wealth of wonderful music, beautifully performed. The actual playing of Charlie Parker is augmented by accompaniment from contemporary musicians, and Parker has never sounded better. Eastwood also provides an unflinching portrayal of the complicated lives of jazz musicians, and the addictions to which so many succumb.
Despite the mess that Bird made of his life, he remains a charming and sympathetic figure. And his music, years ahead of its time, and so complex that countless fledging saxophone players have attempted to copy his recordings note for note, will forever live on.
A sincere but disappointing tribute to Charlie Parker
Clint Eastwood’s reputation as a serious filmmaker was given a considerable boost with this lengthy biography of jazz legend, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, who Eastwood, a jazz aficionado, saw perform in Oakland, California in 1946. For this labor of love, Eastwood assembled an excellent cast including Forest Whitaker as Parker, Diane Venora–flawless as Bird’s woman, Chan Parker–and, in a small role of one of the musician’s flirtations, Ana Thompson (the “cut whore” from “Unforgiven”). With the aid of cinematographer Jack N. Green, Eastwood captures the neon burnished lights and darks of the night world Parker inhabited, and the music, featuring genuine Parker solos augmented by modern musicians, can’t be faulted, but despite its merits, this “Bird” never takes flight. It is long–too long–and the story it tells, though certainly dramatic in its bleak and uncompromising portrait of an artist whose music was often overshadowed by his drug addiction, weighs down too heavily on the latter than the former. Why is Charlie Parker so important? That question isn’t answered here, but another question–why was Charlie Parker dead at 34?–is addressed and answered at length. There is potential on view here–Parker’s struggle to survive as a musician in a culture that is more appreciative of rock and roll than of jazz is a minor thread that could have been expanded–but much of it is unrealized. “Bird” is a handsome film, but its craftsmanship and artistry is defeated by the script.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 41 min (161 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Music
Director Clint Eastwood
Writer Joel Oliansky
Actors Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm