Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. "Django" grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician's eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival. Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not make him stop playing.Written by
I found the DVD of this movie at my public library and watched it at home. A curious DVD presentation in that it has no menu, it just starts and runs for almost 2 hours, mostly French and German with English subtitles.
I am a musician but only became familiar with Django Reinhardt in the Woody Allen movie "Sweet and Low Down" which featured a fictional character, a guitarist, who would almost faint at the thought of even meeting Reinhardt, his idol. So this movie is a good look at who the guitarist really was.
Reda Kateb, a Belgian actor, is very good as Django Reinhardt. Even though he had been playing for quite a while the story here picks up in 1943 France during the German occupation. Django had a double whammy against him, being a Gypsy and being a Jazz musician, two things the Nazis were against and killed many for. But he managed to survive because of his musicianship.
Good movie of an interesting musician in a difficult time. he didn't live much longer, dying at age 43.
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