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Based on the discovery of a notebook of forgotten photos and notes, the film tells the story of the meeting, outside the narrow norms of 1950s America, between the white aristocrat Pannonica de Koenigswarter, author of this notebook, and the brilliant black pianist Thelonious Monk. A meeting placed under the sign of the fight of black musicians for the recognition of their art.

Born in the indifference, hostility and contempt of white America, Jazz made its revolution in the mid-40s. Bebop shattered the golden cages of the "Cotton Club" and the "Revue nègre", allowing Jazz to confirm its promise: to become a major art of the twentieth century. The Jazz Century is now upon us, but we will have to wait another twenty years for America to realize it, twenty years of hardship for most of the musicians of this generation.

The photos and secret wishes of the musicians gathered in this elegant red leather notebook by the "Baroness of Jazz" express the multiple difficulties that these musicians, not very sensitive to concessions, had to face. In the greatest destitution for most of them, they invented a now universal musical form, Jazz.

The film recounts this long journey from the figure of the outcast to that of the composer.

Jacques GOLDSTEIN

Film director

  • After studying philosophy and aesthetics, Jacques Goldstein turned to television. For the past 20 years, he has directed numerous documentaries investigating the relationship between black and white culture, exile and creation, music and society.

    Recently he directed Looking for Ornette (2016, Mezzo) where the inventor of "Free Jazz" is seen by his disciples, drawing a "hollow" portrait of the man who revolutionized Jazz, and Noire est la couleur (2016, ARTE) dealing with African-American artists and segregation. The film, co-written with Daniel Soutif, curator of the exhibition "Color Line" at the Musée du Quai Branly, tells the long march of African-American artists towards recognition.

After studying philosophy and aesthetics, Jacques Goldstein turned to television. For the past 20 years, he has directed numerous documentaries investigating the relationship between black and white culture, exile and creation, music and society.

Recently he directed Looking for Ornette (2016, Mezzo) where the inventor of "Free Jazz" is seen by his disciples, drawing a "hollow" portrait of the man who revolutionized Jazz, and Noire est la couleur (2016, ARTE) dealing with African-American artists and segregation. The film, co-written with Daniel Soutif, curator of the exhibition "Color Line" at the Musée du Quai Branly, tells the long march of African-American artists towards recognition.

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