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Jazz Seen

Jazz Seen

Jazz Seen is a feature-length journey through decades of American entertainment history and the remarkable life and talent of jazz photographer William Claxton. The film focuses on the man whose eyes have seen images of people we have all grown up with: film stars, jazz musicians, top models, icons of the American dream.

Claxton started his career in the early fifties with a photograph of a young Chet Baker, who became a role model for the young rebels of that time. Claxton captured the moments when a young actor turned into Steve McQueen, an elderly lady into Marlene Dietrich, a saxophone player into Gerry Mulligan. The style of the film is very personal, a mix of interviews with celebrities who recall working together with Claxton including Chico Hamilton, Burt Bacharach, Russ Freeman, John Frankenheimer, Dennis Hopper, Helmut Newton, Vidal Sassoon, and many others.
Genre Art, Music, Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Julian Benedikt
Screenplay Julian Benedikt
Cinematography Matthew J. Clark
Andrew Hulme
Till Broenner
Vincent de Felice
Producer Marina Mueller
Production Company EuroArts/Berlin, in co-production with North by Northwest Entertainment, Spokane, Bravo Television/New York, in association with ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 77 min
Format 35 mm, color
Language
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg 2001, Emden 2001, Valladolid 2001
With backing from German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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