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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool is a movie starring Carl Lumbly, Miles Davis, and Reginald Petty. Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and...

Other Titles
Miles Davis: El Nacimiento de una Leyenda, Miles Davis: Ikona jazzu
Running Time
1 hours 55 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Biography, Music, Documentary
Stanley Nelson
Quincy Troupe, Carl Lumbly, Reginald Petty, Miles Davis
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles' original paintings, to explore the man behind the music.

Comments about biography «Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool» (30)

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Roger W.

Being an avid Miles Davis fan, I was excited when I heard about this documentary. It wasn't long before I found myself talking to my friends about it, and trying to find it on DVD. After I had found it, I finally watched it, and was even more excited. This documentary covers Miles Davis life from his first big break, through to his final days, and what he meant to music and the world. The only things that I found a bit confusing was the relationship between Motown and Cream, and the differences between Miles and Chuck Berry. But I can't think of anything that didn't make sense. It's not something that I would have watched twice, but it was really good. It makes you want to learn more about Miles, and shows how he got where he is, and the influence he had on other people. I don't know if I'm going to recommend this to anyone, but it is worth watching. 10/10

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Samantha Walker

It is unfortunate that Miles Davis has gone through so many false accusations over the years. This is a fascinating documentary that delves into the musician's music and the people who helped to make it, including the people he was dealing with on the road. One thing is clear: Miles had a very strong talent for songwriting and his incredible creativity was in the form of improvisation. It is often stated that his lyrics were limited by the delivery of his songs, but this is a myth that has been repeated over and over again. His songs were always creative in the delivery of them and in the way he used the words to express the feelings he was trying to express. There are a number of brilliant, original compositions that are only covered in the movie. They are amazingly diverse, ranging from classic country to contemporary rock. The biggest surprises come in the performances of Muddy Waters and Thelonious Monk. The latter gets a very in-depth and well-done performance, as well as an interesting look into Monk's personal life. Both performances are incredible. However, it is his performance as a musician that stands out. He was a virtuoso performer and he was truly phenomenal. His mastery of jazz is impressive and in my opinion, one of his greatest performances. He also gives a very moving, heartfelt performance as a musician and his mastery of blues is one of the best I have seen. The film is very well done, but I do think that it could have been better. There are a number of flaws that I could find. Miles' relationship with his wife was always on the surface. It was never really explained in the film, and there were a number of very awkward moments. Another very difficult part of the film is the difficulty in getting Miles to sing. It was extremely difficult to get him to sing and it is also hard to get a good audio recording. The film shows Miles at his best, and I think that is what the film is all about. I really enjoyed it and I will be recommending it to friends. It is very well done, but some things could have been better. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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I am a music lover. This movie was great. I've been a fan of Miles for a while now. I thought it was great to see Miles himself, on stage, doing his best, in his own way. What a fantastic documentary. It was nice to see his passion and feelings, and it was nice to see what he had to say about his life, his family, his love for jazz, and his love for his band. It was very touching and beautiful to see. If you are a fan of Miles Davis, then you will love this movie. The soundtrack is also very beautiful. I would recommend this movie to anyone. I give it 9/10.

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Richard W.

What a great documentary. It's well researched and thoughtful. Great biographical information, as well as interviews with the creators, composers and performers. The filmmakers and the actors all seem very genuine. The music, the cultural impact and the social context are all great. I am a fan of Miles Davis and am also a fan of David Byrne, as well as the film's subject, Paul McCartney. I loved this film!

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Doris Martinez

This documentary is a combination of my love of Miles Davis and my love for the music he played. It takes a look at his early years, the time when he first got involved with jazz, and the places he went and the people he met. The songs, if you can even call them that, are the most interesting part. They are simply amazing, and there is a lot of depth to them, especially when they are combined with the visual images. The music is also incredible, although the vast majority of the songs are sung by Miles Davis himself. He didn't seem to want to let the music speak for itself, and made sure that the music was in every shot. His performance of the album "Highway 61 Revisited" is incredible. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a performance of a jazz standard so moving. In fact, the whole documentary is a visual feast, but it is also fascinating and inspiring. It's wonderful to see a glimpse of the artist that was Miles Davis. I was very impressed with the doco. It's a must-see for anyone who loves jazz. 9/10

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Sandra T.

It's difficult to believe that the movie is from the same guy who made the classic documentary, "The Civil War". The story of Miles Davis is the subject of this documentary. It is a fascinating story of a man who left his life of poverty to become one of the greatest musicians of all time. The story is told in a way that is both entertaining and informative. It's the story of a man who was thrown into a world of drugs, alcohol, and poverty and turned out to be a great musician and a great man. The story is told with great care and attention to detail. The music is featured prominently throughout the documentary and is a fantastic soundtrack for the film. This documentary is a must see for anyone who is a fan of Miles Davis. It's a must see for anyone who is interested in music.

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Craig Romero

I'm really not a fan of Miles Davis but he is very inspiring and I can't help but be moved by his music. He is such a genius. As for his life.he was a full-blown alcoholic. He suffered from anxiety and was a very sick person. He was even a very weak person who only wanted to get a living out of music. He didn't care for his family or anyone else. He was very abusive to his family and to his wife. He was selfish and a self-centered person. He didn't care for his other children and it was hard to watch his mother turn into a woman who couldn't care for herself. He was such a good person. I really don't think there is a perfect person in the world. But for me, Miles Davis is such a person. I wish that I could have lived like him. And maybe someday, I will. I think that he was able to become a much better person because of his music. He was a great artist and a great musician. And that is why I think that he is so inspirational. He made his life better. He changed people's lives. His music is a big part of his life. He is a really great man. I hope that the film will give people the information they need to understand and appreciate his life and his music. That's why I am writing this review.

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When I first heard about this documentary, I was surprised at how much the director, Chris Walker, touched on the themes of blackface and racism in the 1960's. While there are definitely some funny parts, the whole film seems to be almost all about Davis's own personal life and career. This documentary also seems to have a hidden message of how the music and dance he produced were used to create and entertain his audience. The director is very candid in his comments and I think that the effect of the documentary is most effective if you can keep your eyes open and stay away from the television and the movies. As a result, you'll never be bored and you'll be reminded of the amazing person Miles Davis was. You'll also hear about how he felt about the use of blackface and the controversy over it. I think that this documentary will leave you with a lot of questions and hopefully it will make you think about some of the issues of racism and racism in general.

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Barbara L.

I would like to start off by saying that I have never seen a better documentary than this. The history of Miles Davis and his music are brilliantly discussed by John Byrne, and John Coltrane. Byrne also gives an introduction to the great drummer, and covers his personal and professional life. John Goodman is a good choice to give the speech that the song "The Way You Make Me Feel" was based on. He does a wonderful job. A special mention must go to Rickman. Rickman was amazing in this documentary, and his performance was amazing. This documentary is a must see for any jazz fan. I give this documentary a 9/10.

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Gloria R.

Great documentary about Miles Davis's life. He was a very interesting man, and his music was very creative and unique. This documentary tells the story of how he got to where he is today. We get to see how he started out as a solo musician. He goes into detail about how he developed his style. He talks about his relationship with his mother, how he got married, and the relationship he had with his father. We also get to see how he got his start as a jazz musician. It's very interesting to hear the stories of his early days in his band and his band's start. It's also interesting to hear the stories of his many other band members. This film really hits home with me, because I grew up listening to his music. I really feel for the guy, and the film really touches on what it means to be a musician, and it really gets into how much he was respected. It really gets into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to be a musician. I feel that the guy is very inspirational and gives people hope that they can achieve anything they want. It really shows how he was successful, and how he felt that his life wasn't what he wanted it to be. It's really a great documentary.

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This is a brilliant and moving portrait of the life of Miles Davis. He's still got it and he's not going to let anyone take that away from him. There are many incredible interviews and from what I've read he has a lot of love for his daughter's family. It's a great documentary and I'm glad I saw it.

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It is a nice, enjoyable, and fun documentary about Miles Davis. The problem is, it is not exactly a documentary. It is a biographical film about a musician, but it is not very well researched. Most of the information about Davis is vague and poorly presented. I do like the overall picture of Davis and the music that he made, but there are a lot of things missing. Most of the time, it is just the music. The film is not necessarily a biography, but it is not a biography either. The film is not really about Davis, but it is about his music. There are a few bits and pieces of information that are interesting, but they are not very well documented. For example, Davis said he was not interested in sex. He was interested in the music. The film does not have much information about this. The film is also very hard to understand. There are a lot of little things that are hard to understand. The music is not very clear. The film is not very entertaining. It is not a bad documentary, but it is not a great documentary either.

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This is one of the few documentaries I've seen that is not explicitly about a subject. If I had to pick a subject, I would choose this one because of the topic, but because of the director. His style of talking, the mannerisms of the people he interviews and the manner of getting their stories told, it all just adds to the magic. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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I'm one of those people who have always been a fan of Miles Davis, but I never really followed his career until recently. I thought it was great how he was always looking for new ways to express himself. One of the first things I learned about Miles Davis is that he really liked to express himself through music. His music is a huge part of his life. The movie itself is definitely a must-see, and it is a must-see for all fans of Miles Davis, especially if you grew up in the 50's. This documentary really shows the character of Miles Davis and his real relationship with the people around him. It is a great lesson to learn that people need to respect a musician who has integrity and a strong will to succeed, and I think it is a lesson we should learn. It's definitely not the same old story of a star becoming famous by accident, but instead of letting that take over their lives, it is more of a story of someone who is dedicated to his art and always looking to make a difference in the world.

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Jeremy Watkins

I think this is a great documentary. As a fan of Miles Davis I was especially interested in the story behind his breakthrough. I watched the film with an open mind. I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. The story behind the story is fascinating. I was surprised to learn how the film makers were able to capture the essence of the story and the way in which Miles was able to move people. I think the filmmakers did a great job capturing the essence of the film and I was surprised by the quality of the film. I enjoyed the movie and it is a great story. I think it is interesting to watch the film from the perspective of someone who has not really known much about Miles Davis or the music. The film is a great documentary.

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Beverly Bell

A superbly talented, insightful, and overall captivating documentary that does justice to the life and music of Miles Davis. This movie tells a story of a man who's fame took a major turn for the worse when his personal life was thrown into chaos. The movie starts with a very well put together overview of Miles Davis. From his early days as a jazz musician to his tragic death at the hands of a mob, this movie covers it all. It also discusses the rise and fall of his music, the music of Miles Davis, and the influence that Miles Davis had on the world. The movie also covers the life of his wife, Mary, and how she dealt with his death. The film includes clips of various interviews with his close friends and musicians. This includes the late, great trumpet player Sonny Rollins and the legendary saxophonist Chuck Berry. The movie is edited well and includes information about how the film was made. The story of Miles Davis is one of music, and this movie does a good job of telling it. It is worth watching, and definitely deserves to be in the collection of best films.

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Amber D.

Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool is a documentary that was shot in the late 1960's. It shows how the film became a cult hit in the 1970's. It shows how Davis' story was re-made by the music industry, and how it affected the public's opinion of the artist. It also shows how Davis' music was copied and re-made by other artists, and how he was blacklisted by the music industry. The film is also fascinating in how Davis' life was changed by the music industry. It also shows how the film changed the public's opinion of Davis. If you liked this film, you will also like: The Making of the Greatest Generation (1993)

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If you are a fan of Miles Davis, this is the film for you. If you are not, this isn't your film.

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Diana Jackson

I saw this film at the Sundance Film Festival. It was just the right amount of white noise. It is a documentary that is based on a book by Miles Davis. The film is not based on the actual day of the event. It is based on the day he died. That being said, it was a good documentary and I highly recommend it. There are some plot holes but I was able to overlook that as well. The music is amazing and so is the filming. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has never heard of Miles Davis.

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I'm not a Miles Davis fan. I'm not a fan of any of the artists who were in this film. But I thought it was interesting and I was interested in the story behind the music. I found the film to be very moving. I think I could relate to the story and my own experiences of what it was like to be a musician. It's very moving and I think that is why I think it is so great. If you are a musician and you have any experience with music, you will relate to this film. I think the music in this film is very inspiring and it is very inspirational to the audience. It is also very inspiring to the musicians that are in this film. I think it's a good film that I would recommend to anyone. I would say to anyone that is interested in music or is a musician, this film is a great film to watch. I think it's worth watching. I think it's a good film that you should watch.

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Bryan Curtis

This is a really fascinating documentary about a composer who is at the top of his form and to some extent at the top of his life. His music is so intense and musical that I would go to see a movie about rock stars with the same fervor. It is truly one of the greatest films of all time. The music is like no other. It is different from anything else that I have ever heard. It is so melodic that it makes the best of all the emotions. This is the best soundtrack of all time. It is one of those rare film that has such a powerful effect on the viewer. It is simply beautiful. There are no special effects. Just wonderful music. It makes the viewer feel. This is definitely a great film.

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Jesse Ferguson

The best film on jazz I have seen. Music is a vital part of life and it is a subject that has been neglected. The film is excellent. It includes interviews with Miles Davis, the composer David Gray and the artist Allen Toussaint. The interviewees are very knowledgeable and share a lot of knowledge about jazz. The music and film are very well done and the quality of the sound is superb. It is clear that the music is in the same room with the actors. I highly recommend it.

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Craig P.

As one who is actually an aspiring musician and musician in general, I loved this film! It's amazing how much I enjoyed this movie! Miles Davis is a genius and is one of the greatest musicians ever to grace this earth. I am not a big jazz fan but I think that there are only a few musicians that can bring out the true essence of the music. Miles Davis is one of them. He is just amazing. I believe that this film really shows the people behind the music. It's great to see what a small world is for the people behind the music. I would love to see the people who actually do the music for a living and really see what they are doing. I would also love to see the other musicians, the ones that actually play the music. I think that this film is an amazing example of the music that is truly being done!

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This film is a great documentary, documenting the making of Miles Davis' debut album, At the Movies. It gives us a great look into Davis' creative process, his recording and production of his music, his friendships and musical collaborations, his work with the man he idolized, and his love for his fans. It also follows Davis throughout his lifetime, through his "Thelonious Monk" persona and his public persona. In his own words, the film is about "the album as a vehicle for a person to show himself, express himself, be himself." It's a great look into the creative process of an artist, and the changing and fascinating world of recording artists. It gives us an amazing insight into how musicians came up with their ideas, how they came up with songs, how they worked with producers, and how they did their final mixes and mastering. It also shows the reactions of fans and the artists themselves, with some candid interviews with Davis himself and other musicians. This film is great for people who are fans of Miles Davis and/or of music.

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I was looking for a short but informative biography of Miles Davis and this documentary was perfect. I am not a fan of his music but I appreciate his life story and what it was like for him to be a rock star. A few brief facts about him were that he was born in a city in North Carolina called Chapel Hill. The city was in the Depression but it was known as "The City of Gold". Miles Davis was inspired by the blues and jazz of his great uncle (also a musician) and the country music of the Great Depression. He was inspired by the "malaise" in the country that he grew up in and the time that the country was in when it was struggling to find a new voice for the country. When he was an adolescent he played music and was told that he would be an artist, a musician. He studied the jazz music of his great uncle, and he wanted to be a musician. He played the guitar and was in the band that he started in college, but he never wanted to play in a band. When he met a woman named Sara (no, not that Sara) and started a relationship with her, he decided that he wanted to become a musician and had his first success with the Watts Wanderers. Miles Davis wrote his first hit song "I Got It Bad and Ugly" in 1939. It was released on the label of a South American record company called Blue Note Records. The album was recorded at the Grammys in 1939 and became a hit and has been included in several collections of Miles Davis music. He was also a founding member of the Village People. His musical career was largely dominated by the country music genre. His greatest success was a song called "Love Me Tender" (now known as "Miles Davis Gonna Fly Now") that he wrote for a country music band called the Best of the Best. This song was also included in the album of his band that became the Best of the Best. The record went on to become a number one hit and made Miles Davis a star. It is also a biographical documentary about Miles Davis. I loved it and highly recommend it.

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Eric Wade

In my opinion this is one of the best documentaries ever made. In a sea of music documentaries, it really is the one that stands out. And it does that in every way imaginable. I was drawn into the story with Miles' incredible story, and the way he gave up his life to make it. In this, I found it's just a story of a man, who was deeply in love with a woman who was just barely. But he knew what he wanted and had to do it, so it was the only way he could live. You don't get to hear a single word of dialogue from Miles throughout the entire film, but I believe that the directors didn't want you to hear anything from him, so they were able to stay away from the sound and go straight to the words. This is definitely one of the best documentaries ever made, and I can't wait to see what the directors do next.

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Daniel Wright

A lovely doco with some great interviews with Miles Davis and also with his wife Linda as well as friends and family. I enjoyed the music and the people involved, the art and the musicians. The music is great and Miles Davis at his best. I can't see how this film could have been better.

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Alice Wong

This documentary is a fascinating look into the life and work of Miles Davis, who was a multi-faceted artist, a poet, a composer, a musician and an opera singer. The film is mainly about his music, but also examines his life, his relationships and his relationship with his wife, who he married during the filming of this film. The film also covers his music career and his relationship with the world of opera, but also his relationship with his father, who he never knew growing up. The film also touches on his relationship with the people around him, his relationship with his wife, his relationship with his family and his relationship with his father. Overall, it is a fascinating look into the life of Miles Davis and the reasons behind his success, but also a look into the person who had a lot of success at the time. 7/10

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Eric S.

I watched this film, at a festival, and thought it was great. I really enjoyed the style, the music, and the film's story. I think it's important to watch the film with an open mind and not take it too seriously. There are a lot of great things about this film. First of all, the music. The film is very well-done with amazing music from the 60's and 70's. It is a very good mix of jazz, pop, and soul. The story is good, and it shows the impact that Miles Davis had on the music industry. The actors did a great job with their roles. The film is very good, and I would definitely recommend it.

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John Henderson

In my opinion, this is the best documentary of Miles Davis ever. It's a very well-done film, with some great interviews and a good mix of music footage, news footage and interviews from the band. If you're a fan of Miles, this is a must-see.