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    Bird

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    Bird

    2h 41min
    1988     Drama     USA

    Clint Eastwood's moody, evocative direction and Forest Whitaker's strong, sensitive performance are the chief proponents to recommend an otherwise muted biopic of '40s jazz legend Charlie Parker, who fell victim to his chemical excesses and convinced the doctor who pronounced him dead that he was a good four decades older than he actually was. The film doesn't try to assign clear blame for Parker's demons, though the era's racism is addressed unflinchingly. Clearly a labor of love, Eastwood's movie structurally attempts to ape the angular music of bebop itself (there are flashbacks within flashbacks, which gets a little confusing), but doesn't quite capture the smolder of the period. Diane Venora registers strongly as Bird's wife, Chan, the woman who can't rescue Bird from the abyss into which he peers.

    G
    Directed byClint Eastwood
    Written byJoel Oliansky
    CompanyWarner Bros.Warner Bros.Warner Bros.

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    Forest Whitaker
    Diane Venora
    Keith David
    Bill Cobbs
    Tony Todd
    Tony Cox
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