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Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past

Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past is a movie starring Vince Giordano, Garrison Keillor, and David Johansen. Bandleader Vince Giordano keeps the Jazz Age alive with his 11-member band The Nighthawks, vintage musical...

Running Time
1 hours 30 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Biography, History, Documentary, Music
Dave Davidson, Amber Edwards
Dave Davidson, Amber Edwards
Garrison Keillor, Vince Giordano, David Johansen, Terry Gross
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A feature-length documentary about musician, scholar and bandleader Vince Giordano who, with his 11-member band The Nighthawks, has doggedly kept alive the popular music of the 1920s and '30s for the past forty years. Through Vince's story, the viewer will be immersed in the Hot Jazz and Swing that fueled Prohibition high-jinx and cheered up Depression-era America. And they will see what it takes to make a life as a professional jazz musician in 21st Century New York. Giordano's dedication, along with a handful of others, has kept this cultural phenomenon on life support through hard times, and introduced it to a new generation of Hot Jazz devotees and virtuosos who are laying claim to this joyful, energetic music.

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Jennifer K.

Like many, I have always been fascinated by the first few years of the Fascist Party in Italy. It was always the first time I saw the Fascist leader's face and I saw Fascism in a very fresh light. The good intentions of the Fascist party, the military police, and their dictatorship are still apparent in today's Italy. The movie "The Good Fight" and the documentary "Nosotros Funes" tell the same story of a young man who joined the Fascist party. While it is true that the film is not the definitive history of Fascism, the young man shows in a way that we can only imagine that his government was good and his people good. The film shows us an incredibly strong man who is determined to be good and not lead a bad life, and even after a certain amount of time, we can understand why. The young man does not show us a history of Fascism but a history of human psychology and how people react to this kind of leadership. The documentary shows us a man who is not consumed by the past, but by the future and this documentary is much more powerful than a film, more powerful than an essay. I hope that this documentary will be shown in schools and colleges around the world, because this is a history that we can use and that we can take to heart. 9/10

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Amy B.

This documentary is probably the best I have ever seen on the ever evolving subject of the music business. It is a living document that is faithful to the facts of the music business. The dialogue is spot on and you can feel the passion and struggle that the actors have to put on for the film. The documentary is broken up into three parts. The first part covers the history of the music business and the influence it has on the history of rock and roll. The second part covers the evolution of the music business, specifically rock and roll and the stories of the artists who have been involved with the music business. The third part covers the current music business and the stories of the artists who have been involved with it. It is a fascinating and entertaining film that will never be forgotten.

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A great film. It was one of my favorite documentaries. Great cast, great music and direction. Great story, great direction. A great movie. I recommend this to anyone. Definitely worth watching. I will keep this review for future films.

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This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It has been almost 30 years since I saw a movie on the UFO phenomenon. When this movie came out, I was inspired to watch it. It was the same feeling I had when I was a child watching the movie "Hollywoodland". I'm still in love with the movie. The movie is an excellent portrayal of what has been going on in America's elite for the past half a century. The film is quite entertaining, but you don't have to be a UFO researcher to enjoy it. The music is great, and the performances are outstanding. The question of whether or not we're there is not controversial. It's very easy to be comfortable with the answer, because it's not so controversial that we have to go through the tough questioning that everyone goes through in a TV news show. The fact that the elite continue to live the life that they've always lived, and never think anything of it. If they were to be questioned, they would find out that they weren't doing anything. That's just the way it is. If you want to know more about the UFO phenomena, you will love this documentary. For those who don't know, the world has been watching what the elite do on their trips, and the people who follow suit. The main thing I want to say is that the film isn't "I saw a UFO" as the title would suggest. It's an insightful documentary that shows us what's really going on, and it has the "n" word thrown in for good measure. It's also a very honest film. The actors are all talented, and the movie's titles are a great title for this type of documentary. You'll enjoy it, and it will keep you interested, and your brain working at 100%.

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Tyler B.

The documentary "There's a Future in the Past" is a thorough study of the seminal album, Vince Giordano's critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released in 1988. The film profiles several fans of the album who spoke with Vinny about his early life, his musical and personal development, his life at the time, his thoughts on the album, and his current whereabouts. Vinny discusses the recording of the album, how he came up with the lyrics and his feelings about his own songwriting process, his love of Motown music, his friendship with Jim Gordon, the general attitudes of Motown and the other major music labels, and his experience working on the album. The documentary is a joy to watch, in addition to being an interesting look at a truly seminal album, it is also a thorough overview of how some of the people that were part of the album actually came up with the songs. Vinny's girlfriend, the singer and actor Jessica Hahn, is also interviewed, and she also has a conversation with Vinny about the album, and his relationship with Jessica. The film also features some very intelligent commentary by Vinny himself, and his mother, who speaks eloquently about the album's impact on him, and how he has been influenced by the album, especially the song "Ooh la La". The movie is highly recommended, and has some very interesting facts about the album, which are just as interesting as any other documentary. Recommended.

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Bruce Gardner

I saw the documentary "The Music of Vince Guarini" at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was one of the most entertaining and enlightening films I have ever seen. I did not know much about the artist until I saw his video "This Is So Easy" (which was a memorable video). The documentary starts with interviews with various people who knew Vince Guarini (like Hari Van Horn, the real estate developer who invested in a band he was in) and then goes to other people who knew him, including those who worked with him. There's also interviews with his managers, band members, and of course his wife's family. The fact that his wife's family is interviewed so heavily makes me wonder if the family really knew him, or if the family wanted to be interviewed. But this is the first time I've heard from the family that they knew the artist well. They do mention that they had friends who knew Vince Guarini, but they don't mention that they had a group of friends who knew him very well. Perhaps it's a family thing. The documentary is also very interesting because of what it shows is how the musician's art is more than just music. The documentary is also interesting because it shows us how his music, as I mentioned, is not just about music. It's about life. The video he did with a 17-year-old boy that he met at a hotel (during a tour of Italy) is one of my favorite video clips of all time. It's an amazing clip, and the music is amazing too. It's more than just music, it's the story of the musician's life. The video is the video that shows the man's life. It is definitely worth seeing. The documentary is an interesting documentary because it shows us a man who was a genius, and it shows us how he died, and how his music was so important to him. This was a very interesting documentary, and I definitely recommend it. 10/10

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I thought this documentary was a pretty good view on the American rock 'n roll scene in the early 70's. This film gives a realistic look at the problems of the time period. There are some people who try to make a statement, but then it's clear that this was a time period where people thought they knew what was right and wrong. I found the documentary to be a very entertaining look at one of the most important periods in the history of the music industry.

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Zachary Franklin

Vince Giordano is one of the finest and best musicians of all time. He's been instrumental in creating many great songs for the likes of Guns N' Roses, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Jimmy Page, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, and many more. His live shows are amazing. I'm happy to have his music on a music station. This documentary also delves into the very personal life of Vince and his struggles with his weight, his fame, and his career. What was he eating? What was he doing with his hair? Did he have a woman in his life? Did he have friends? What was the background of his drug addiction? The documentary is a must see for anyone who has an interest in music.

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Ann M.

After watching this film for the first time in 2011, it made me realize how far music has come in the years. I never expected to hear "We're Going to be Friends Forever" so I knew that it was going to be cool, but the fact that "We're Going to be Friends Forever" has been played on the radio and the MTV video for it is on the internet makes it even cooler. This is a must see film. While some of the songs have been remade, the songs are still great and people still hear the songs. However, some songs are on the radio and other songs are on the internet. The songs on the internet are more popular than the songs played in the radio. I think this is something that needs to be changed, but it's a great film. I give it a 9. You have to pay attention to the pieces of the film and you need to watch it several times before you get it. If you like songs, you should like this film. However, it is not for everyone.

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Nancy Morales

The Art of Music: The Making of The Rolling Stones' High Society, Vol. 1 (2006) is an engrossing documentary chronicling the rise of The Rolling Stones and the first part of their rise in the mid-1960s to the peak of their success in the mid-1970s. It is also the second half of their rise to the top of the music world and their debuts on the world stage. The subject matter is difficult, but it is done with a great deal of insight and insightfulness. The film follows the main characters, the band, the management and the public who all deal with the rise of The Rolling Stones. The documentary also gives an excellent look at the music industry in the 60s and 70s. The documentary does an excellent job of showing the band members and management at the time, as well as their music, both commercially and musically, at a very intimate level. The documentary also has a great look at The Rolling Stones' music videos. This documentary is an excellent look at one of the most influential bands of all time and will be sure to intrigue any fan of The Rolling Stones. It is a must-see documentary.

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I watched this film with my parents last night. They were pleasantly surprised at the length of this film. It is by far the most interesting documentary about the music industry and bands in general. As a film, it is full of fascinating anecdotes, and it would be a shame not to mention many of them. The film also contains plenty of great music that I have never heard before. The main highlight of the film is the career of Lou Reed, the great rock star. We watch his rise, his final days, and his death. However, the film also covers the great music of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Dylan. I believe this documentary will be a great one to watch with your friends.

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I enjoyed the documentary more than the music. It's a great way to celebrate the music of Dizzy Gillespie. His music is full of energy and humor and the same goes for the documentary. The documentary is more than just about the music. It's about the people who worked with Dizzy Gillespie and how they came to be involved with the music. I hope everyone sees the documentary and enjoys it as much as I did.

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Lori B.

I'm not too familiar with Vince Giordano's previous work but was impressed by what I got out of this documentary. The look of the documentary is very interesting as it starts with the same brief film that he has been using for years now. It shows the same music that we have been hearing for years now and the music was pretty good at the time. The documentary tells the story of how Vince started out, what went wrong, what went right, and what was the general effect of his music. The documentary is pretty long but it still held my interest. The documentary is great if you are a fan of his music. If you are not a fan of his music then don't worry it won't take much to sway you.

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I have never seen a documentary film as moving as this one. It's not a story about the trouble in the music industry but it does discuss the industry and shows how it affects a child. But it is also a story about a relationship between a father and son that didn't work out very well. You really feel like you are with them, the documentary and the music. The music is incredible, it makes you feel like you are there and you understand the music. The camera work and editing is great. This is a must see documentary for anyone who loves music. It really should be on the top 10 films of all time, it's just a fantastic documentary.

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Jean Harvey

A bit of a strange film, but you have to admire that this man is still making music at a very young age. The story itself is a bit of a mess but the music is incredible and the story is completely entertaining. I wouldn't necessarily call this a documentary. I would say it's just a small little tale of a man that's been in and out of jail for quite a while. I think this film is a wonderful example of how music can help some people who are in trouble to get out of trouble. I think that this film is really what saved Vince's life. I'm not sure how else you can say this, but this film is amazing and I highly recommend this to any one that wants to learn more about the man Vince Giordano.

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Sean Valdez

If you're looking for a documentary, watch this one. I like this one the most because the men in it are so well educated and talk so much about the history and the things that have happened in the past. They make me think about the past and the things that have happened. I think that this is an interesting documentary and the men are really smart. You should watch it. There's a lot more information about the people in this documentary, but that's up to you to see. This is a well-made film and it's an important documentary that everyone should watch.

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David Nguyen

I enjoyed watching this movie and thought it was a great tribute to the music. I wish I had known that it was made by a kid at that time. It seemed more like a documentary and that's a good thing. One thing I didn't know is that many people didn't know about the Sex Pistols and their music. I hope that more people will know about this band. Also, I wish the music would have had more relevance to the times. The movie also has a very good story line. It's a good movie, and definitely worth watching. 9/10

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Angela N.

The soundtrack is a superb piece of music, I've been singing the same songs over and over again. It makes me feel like I'm somewhere I used to be. The History section is fun too. Everything from the cover art to the names are very cleverly chosen. You'll love this if you're an appreciator of good film making and a fan of art.

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This film is one of those film that you either love or hate. The music is wonderful, it doesn't take itself seriously, but is also powerful and emotional. What struck me the most about the film is the revelation of an Italian musician who was always considered "the devil's kid" due to his bad behavior and a particularly horrible music performance. His younger brother has said that this film was his inspiration for an autobiography, and it was also his idea to put together a film that would give people a first-hand look at the person who was accused of the most heinous crimes. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to learn more about the case. I loved the music, the interviews with the brothers, and the moments when the music played in the background and the camera had them in the background. It was great to watch as a documentary and also as a biography. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Kenneth Flores

I just caught this on TBS and was amazed at the sheer power of this documentary. It was incredibly powerful. I felt for the entire group of people as they did the interviews and stories that really shaped their lives. Not only did it reveal how this was a real life story, it also revealed how a corrupt system made it easy for them to get away with doing terrible things to one another. I was very impressed at how this documentary was able to give a powerful and deeply personal portrait of these people. I was also very surprised at the power of this documentary. For that alone, it should be seen by anyone. The interviews were all extremely personal and true to life. Although some of the stories were disturbing, most of them were really heart-wrenching and heartbreaking. I have never heard any of these people in interviews speak this well before. It is a must-see documentary.

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Judith R.

After watching this documentary I was blown away. It touched me deeply. The film did a great job of showing the many faces of Vince Giordano and the life he lived in the world of rock and roll. The documentary did an excellent job of showing how that life was a mixed blessing for everyone. He had many highs, he had many lows. He would have never been as successful as he was without the help of many people. The documentary is a must see. I'm glad I watched it.