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    Count Basie: Through his own eyes

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    2018     Biography documentary    
    United Kingdom
    1h 15min

    This revealing biography, told in Count Basie's own words, uncovers for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist. Until now, little was known about Basie's private and family life, but director Jeremy Marre uncovered a treasure-trove of home movies and photo albums that expose Basie's remarkable relationship with his wife Catherine, whose pioneering support for African-American causes placed her at the side of Martine Luther King. Through Basie's intimate footage and letters - and interviews with friends like Quincy Jones and Annie Ross - we discover the Count's protective love for his disabled daughter Diane who 'was never out of his heart and mind: the hidden core of his creative life'. Basie's musical achievements were remarkable: the first African-American to win a Grammy, he brought the Blues to the big band podium. He was 'the King of the Swing Kings'. We see rare performances with Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davies Jnr. and many others. But this film digs deeper, uncovering the inner motivation and passions that drove Basie's career as he became a unique link between jazz mand America's turbulent social history.

    Directed byJeremy Marre


    Count Basie
    Diane Basie
    Dorothy Dandridge
    Ethel Waters
    Frank Sinatra
    Sammy Davis Jr.
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