Enzo Avitabile Music Life
Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013)

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia, Stop Making Sense), turns his camera on Enzo Avitabile, a renowned Neapolitan saxophonist and singer/songwriter. This project is the fruit of the two artists'… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 18, 2013
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

"Enzo Avitabile Music Life" succeeds at conveying one-quarter of its title.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Features enough music to be worthwhile for fans and curious newcomers, but it's a snooze whenever Avitabile doesn't have an instrument in his hand or a microphone in front of his face.

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Landon Palmer
Nonfics

Music Life is a film about a personality that carries little personality of its own.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Demme has not given us an expansive film, and there are spots you wish he'd dug deeper. But there is such a well of emotion that the music alone is almost enough.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Demme has crafted yet another superb document of musicians at work, one as much about creation-and the sources of inspiration-as it is about performance.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

A pencil sketch, and little more. For all the obvious optimism and positive energy that flow from him, Avitabile still remains an elusive figure as rendered here.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

The fuzziness of Mr. Avitabile's sentiments on boundary-blind unity is echoed in the movie's slack, tag-along portraiture.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

Sadly, this slightly slapdash effort is more in the lower-tier, make-it-up-as-we-go-along range of the hagiographic Jimmy Carter Man from Plains.

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

The film feels like a first draft. But then there is the music to celebrate ...

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