Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

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USA | 2019 | 115 minutes | Stanley Nelson

Opens September 20, 2019

Miles Davis was raised by the second wealthiest man in Illinois, which was remarkable for an African-American at the time. His father's wealth enabled his access to a new trumpet and many opportunities.

Despite his resources and talent, young Miles could not be protected from the impact of Jim Crow America, nor from the PTSD that resulted from growing up in a home riddled with domestic violence. This unique background, of both unusual privilege and anger, became a foundation for his career. Director Stanley Nelson has spun a beautiful film, rooted in just the right amount of glory and honesty, about an intensely complicated superstar-not an easy line to walk with a genius who lived a messy, tempestuous, drug-riddled life that might be hard for some fans to understand. Despite his personal challenges and failures, it cannot be ignored that Davis birthed absolute magic in his role as a spiritual vessel of musical expression. Through interviews, found footage, archival materials, voice-overs, and never-heard music tracks, layers of his life are uncovered in a way that feels constantly enlightening.

  • Director: Stanley Nelson
  • Principal Cast: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana
  • Country: USA, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Producer: Stanley Nelson, Nicole London
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes