REWIND AND PLAY

A film by Alain Gomis
2022, 65 minutes
No. 380
Documentary


REWIND AND PLAY
$375.00
Description
In December 1969, Thelonious Monk arrived in Paris for a concert at the tail end of a European tour. While there, the legendary jazz pianist was invited to appear on a television interview program, where he would perform and answer questions in an intimate, one-on-one studio stage. 

Using newly discovered footage from the recording of the interview, versatile French-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis (Félicité) reveals the troubling dynamic between Monk and his white interviewer, Henri Renaud, and how Monk stands his ground despite being antagonized by Renaud’s trivializing approach. 

Gomis’s gripping film is a fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary; a subtle yet searing exposé of casual racism; and, above all, a chance to see one of the monumental geniuses of 20th-century music at work.


Festivals
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
Official Selection, Director's Fortnight, Cannes


Reviews
“A fervent tribute to the subject of the documentary in question: the epochally great musician Thelonious Monk.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker