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      Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues

      R Released Oct 28, 2022 1h 44m Documentary Music Biography List
      98% Tomatometer 54 Reviews 80% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings "Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues" offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations. This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong's legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. The film shows how Armstrong's own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era. Read More Read Less Watch on Apple TV+ Stream Now

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      A fitting tribute to a titan of American music, Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues honors its subject by letting him tell his story in his own words.

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      Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News It has something new to say, and says it with poise, polish and compassion. Rated: 4/4 Nov 9, 2022 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker Though the director Sacha Jenkins’s biographical portrait of Louis Armstrong is blandly conventional in its form, its wide-ranging material is inspiring and illuminating. Nov 7, 2022 Full Review Claudia Puig FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) A deeply affecting and mesmerizing documentary. Nov 4, 2022 Full Review Mike Scott Times-Picayune Jenkins' film doesn’t play like your standard biography. It’s more intimate than that, more personal and far more revealing than most works about the jazz giant. Rated: 3.5/4 Feb 15, 2023 Full Review Noah Berlatsky Splice Today Armstrong’s smiling image was important to him. I wish this documentary had been less interested in preserving that, though, and more focused on helping us understand the totality of a titanic artist and a fascinating man. Feb 11, 2023 Full Review Jack Seale Radio Times Some stunningly crisp archive footage, particularly of old American chat and variety TV shows, combines with previously unheard personal recordings to create this rounded portrait of one of jazz’s most influential players. Dec 19, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Stephanie I liked the music and the history of Armstrong Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/03/22 Full Review Melanie R Amazing footage revealing an amazing artist. The film is an uplifting testimony to one mans triumph in the struggle against ongoing adversity. This documentary is honest, straight forward and presents his history through his own words and memoirs without unnecessary sentimentality. Really worth seeing! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/01/22 Full Review Mark Really great documentary that leaves you feeling like you know Louis Armstrong personally. Exhaustively researched. I highly recommend it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/01/22 Full Review Gordon G Wonderful treatment of LA's life, lots of samples of his music. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/29/22 Full Review Glenn J All the personal details and highlighting his love of my borough, Queens. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/29/22 Full Review Kyle M One of the purest, honorably respectful documentaries restrained to archival voicings amid a unique poetic structure rather than mostly going generically chronological in telling one's fascinating life story, satisfying the initial compel stemmed from the evoked emotional connections. (A-) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis "Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues" offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations. This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong's legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. The film shows how Armstrong's own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era.
      Director
      Sacha Jenkins
      Producer
      Sara Bernstein, Sacha Jenkins, Justin Wilkes, Julie Anderson
      Distributor
      Apple TV+
      Production Co
      Apple Original Films, Polygram Entertainment, Imagine Documentaries
      Rating
      R (Language)
      Genre
      Documentary, Music, Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 28, 2022, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 28, 2022
      Runtime
      1h 44m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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