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Let's Get Lost (1988)

Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's ... See full summary »

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Bruce Weber

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chet Baker ... Himself
Carol Baker Carol Baker ... Herself
Vera Baker Vera Baker ... Herself
Paul Baker Paul Baker ... Himself
Dean Baker Dean Baker ... Himself
Missy Baker Missy Baker ... Herself
Dick Bock Dick Bock ... Himself
William Claxton William Claxton ... Himself
Hersh Hamel Hersh Hamel ... Himself
Chris Isaak ... Himself
Lisa Marie ... Herself
Andy Minsker Andy Minsker ... Himself
Jack Sheldon ... Himself
Lawrence Trimble Lawrence Trimble ... Himself
Joyce Night Tucker Joyce Night Tucker ... Herself
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Documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. Fascinating series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, interspersed with film from Baker's earlier life and some modern-day performances. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

As hathoume See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$538,735
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Four months before the film's release in September 1988, Baker died under mysterious circumstances in a fall from his hotel room window in Amsterdam. It's been variously speculated his death was an accident, suicide or revenge by drug dealers to whom he owed money. See more »

Quotes

Chet Baker: ...I just tried to install in them, that... em... a good way to go, in this life is to find... something... that you really enjoy doing, and then learn to do it better than anybody... and you won't have any problems.
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Soundtracks

Autumn Leaves
(Les Feuilles Mortes)
Music by Joseph Kosma
French lyrics by Jacques Prévert
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Chet Baker and Ruth Young
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Unpretentious high art
3 March 2002 | by mseditrixSee all my reviews

Let's Get Lost could have so easily been done badly. Intense fandom doesn't often make for objectivity, and the tragic-artist-gone-to-seed narrative is so, so tired. But this film kicks those limitations right over. It's tough about the ugly facts of Chet Baker's life as a liar, user, and junkie. At the same time, it never allows the viewer to forget the intense beauty Baker created as a musician, and embodied as a young man of perfect allure.

There are images I'll never forget: the expressions of his family as they listen to his music, his ex-wife lost in remembered pleasure; his daughter, pained; his dead-ringer son, uncomfortably smiling. The older, ravaged Baker, in the back seat of a convertible with two women, murmuring to them like he's in a dream. The stills of he and his second wife, both so stunning and so clearly in love, burning for each other. And more than that, the music, aching and romantic, and always so lonely, always about longing for some woman in some place that's beyond reach.

I am grateful to Bruce Weber for creating this film. It's why I go to the movies like some people go to the mountains or the sea, to church or to some lover's arms: it got me lost.


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