EXCLUSIVE: Apple reveals the intimate look at the world-changing musician on October 28th.
A revealing look at world-changing musician Louis Armstrong comes from Apple on October 28th. Directed by Sacha Jenkins, Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and, according to IndieWire’s Christian Blauvelt, proved an antidote to the hagiographic music documentaries of Ken Burns. Watch the trailer for the documentary below, exclusive to IndieWire.
The film offers an unprecedented look at the legendary trumpeter, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-seen home footage and personal interviews, according to the official synopsis. The documentary honors Armstrong’s legacy as the founding father of jazz, as one of the first stars to be known and loved internationally, and as a cultural ambassador for the United States. The film shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the transition from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and how he became a lightning rod figure during that turbulent era.
“I think some people believe that Louis Armstrong had no interest in civil rights,” Jenkins told IndieWire. “It’s true he hasn’t attended protests or participated in sit-ins, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t pro-cause. He was a man from another time. When it came to the great American segregation, he often put his money where his mouth was. Armstrong was really afraid that he would get injured and therefore not be able to perform. Any older person in the same situation could think like that.”
The film takes a decidedly non-linear approach to Armstrong’s life and career. “Armstrong’s life took place all over the world. A straight look at his life would probably take 18 hours. Our jumping keeps the conversations fresh and the viewer literally on their toes. Armstrong also had a wide range of interests. You can go from marijuana to laxatives in a flash,” Jenkins said.
For those who thought Armstrong was apolitical, Jenkins has a different take. As he said, “Armstrong started getting booked in the fanciest, whitest hotels in the world. His “I don’t play if I can’t stay” policy was a turning point. If that doesn’t mean standing up for you and standing up for what’s right, I don’t know what is.”
“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” will be released on October 28th on Apple TV+.
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