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LET'S GET LOST

Cannes Classics
Directed by :
Bruce WEBER 
Country:
UNITED STATES
Year:
1989
Duration:
120.00 minutes

Synopsis

BRUCE WEBER’S FILM ON THE LIFE OF JAZZ GREAT CHET BAKER.

Internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber created a second stunning feature with LET’S GET LOST, his Academy Award nominated film about the late jazz great Chet Baker. LET’S GET LOST was a sensation at several international film festivals, including the 1989 “New Directors/New Films” series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Critics’ Prize.

LET’S GET LOST, also the name of a long out-of-print Baker tune, aptly describes the driving force of this man and his music. His James Dean looks and cool sound set Baker apart from the other musicians of his time but his ongoing issues with a narcotic addiction also gave a generation of jazz fans a Doomed Youth of their very own. Chet Baker’s life plays out like a Kerouac creation, as did his death (he fell out of an Amsterdam hotel window on Friday the 13th 1988, age 58), but out of his life came some of the most lyrical trumpet playing and jazz vocals ever heard.

Following the elusive and digressive nature of their star, Weber, cinematographer Jeff Preiss, and crew went on the road with Baker from the West Coast to the East Coast to continental Europe, during what turned out to be the last year of the musician’s life. Weber captures some of Baker’s last recording sessions; weaves in excerpts from Italian B movies starring the handsome young Chet, as well as rare performance footage; pauses for candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and children; and adds an extra visual dimension that is becoming the filmmaker’s personal stamp.

The soundtrack album, “Chet Baker Sings and Plays from the album “LET’S GET LOST”, has been released in all three formats (LP, cassette and CD) on the RCA/Novus Records label. The soundtrack consisting of newly recorded music, may very well contain Chet Baker’s last recordings. Produced during the making of the film, t
Bruce WEBER

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LITTLE BEAR FILMS, INC - 135 Watts Street, 5th Floor - 10013 New York - ETATS-UNIS - T : + 1 212 226 0814 - elindemann@littlebearinc.com

Distribution

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French press

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International press

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Foreign sales

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