Life After Django Reinhardt Is a Joyful Tribute to Genius
For gypsy jazz enthusiasts, the name Django Reinhardt is synonymous with the genre. In 2010, 100 of his disciples, including his grandson, joined together to pay homage on the 100th anniversary of Reinhardt’s birth. Filmmaker Olivier Kowalski documented their world tour (the Django 100 Centennial Tour) in tribute to an extraordinary genius with his film, Life after Django Reinhardt.
Noted jazz guitarists, including David Reinhardt, Elios and Boulou Ferre, Angelo Debarre, and Tchavolo Schmitt, share memories of Django and his historic impact on music, as well as the ways in which they have drawn inspiration from this legendary musician. (Interviews are in French with English subtitles). Scenes of impromptu performances on the street and in the studio convey the reverence and respect these musicians have for Reinhardt, his innovative style, and the remarkable story of his life.
Reinhardt fans who are hoping to hear more music than memories may be disappointed, but are rewarded with the one extra included on the DVD, Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing” performed by the Django 100.
Cinema Libre Studios released Life after Django Reinhardt on DVD in August. In just 54 minutes it manages to explain why Reinhardt is considered to be “the single most important guitarist in the entire history of jazz,” and introduces viewers to sublimely emotional, expressive music.