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King of Jazz, The

Synopsis
Made during the early years of the movie musical, this was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader Paul Whiteman, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, including performances by John Boles, Bing Crosby (in his first screen appearance) and silent comedienne Laura La Plante. Restored to its original early-Technicolor glory, the film offers a snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.
Special Features:
-New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano
-New introduction to the film by Gary Giddins
-New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein
-Four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz
-Deleted scenes and alternate opening title sequence
-All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the "Melting Pot" number that was restaged for King of Jazz
-I Know Everybody and Everybody’s Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
-Two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz
-An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
Language
English (United States)
Country
United States
Year of release
1930
Notes
DVD Region 1 NTSC.
Subjects
Film studies; American Studies
Keywords
jazz; jazz bands; United States of America; 1930s; Crosby, Bing (1903-1977); Boles, John (1895-1969); La Plante, Laura (1904-1996); Whiteman, Paul (1890-1967)

Credits

Director
Thomas Anderson Murray

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
BR Region B, Blu-Ray DVD
Price
$31.96; $23.96
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
98 minutes
Year
2018

Distributor

Name

Criterion Films

Email
http://www.criterion.com/order_support
Web
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Address
Attn: Jon Mulvaney
215 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor
New York
NY
10003
USA

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