Bolden

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BOLDEN, an upcoming drama directed by Dan Pritzker, imagines the compelling, powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz. With little biographical information known and no found recordings of his music, the film's narrative composes fragmented memories of his past, against the political and social context in which his revolutionary music was conceived.

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  • Most of the time, the imagery feels busy and labored, edited into elliptical shards and superimpositions as a way of distracting from the movie's overall hollowness.

    May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes dizzying, enchanting or confounding, but it is certainly never boring.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden's place as jazz's inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
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  • No one could ever call "Bolden," a vivid and inventive musical-drama about the unsung life of New Orleans jazz "inventor" Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a by-the-numbers biopic.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film generalizes the story to the point of erasing the man at its center - borrowing from so many places that it ultimately amalgamates its forgotten master out of existence.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    Variety
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  • It's not brilliant, but it does give us a bit of a history about this figure who we know very little about.

    Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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