By Troy Patterson
Updated March 17, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
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Jazz on a Summer's Day

type
  • Movie

In Jazz on a Summer’s Day, a documentary of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival — the sole film by Bert Stern — the storied photographer multiplies pleasures by crossbreeding art forms. To watch, say, sailboats serenely shoot through Newport Bay as Thelonious Monk finds God on the piano is to have the (crisply remastered) image, the (supple Dolby) sound, and your soul all crazily enriched. Plus, there’s lyrical observation of mid-20th-century Homo sapiens — some of them wearing polka-dotted dresses in the afternoon sun — and a thoughtful behind-the-scenes short, A Summer’s Day With Bert Stern. A

Jazz on a Summer's Day

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 84 minutes
director
  • Aram Avakian
  • Bert Stern

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