A Great Day in Harlem
A Great Day in Harlem (1995)

A Great Day in Harlem is a wonderful documentary about a seemingly ho-hum subject -- the taking of a photograph. Even when the photograph in question involves some of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived, building a film around a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If you wanted to introduce someone to what jazz is all about, this would be an ideal place to start.

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Hollywood Reporter

Monumental.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film is alive and keeps moving briskly.

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Godfrey Cheshire
Variety

For non-buffs, pic fails the acid test of exciting interest where there was little or none before; it could easily have covered the same ground in half its length.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Anyone with the misconception that the spirit of a particular music is not a direct reflection of the souls of the musicians who created it must see A Great Day in Harlem, Jean Bach's small and very moving documentary about the jazz life.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even casual fans should appreciate the film's genuine admiration for these great artists, whose lives were interwoven with their creativity and who changed the face of 20th-century music.

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Time Out

A wonderful, warm little movie.

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Jesse Hamlin
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a funny and moving film whose swinging rhythms and informal tone capture a feeling for the music, the people who make it and the affection and respect they feel for each other and the art form.

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Kam Williams
AALBC.com

A fascinating examination of the artistry, camaraderie and idiosyncrasies among a generation enigmatic jazz giants.

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