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  MovieMartyr.com - Bird
Bird, Clint Eastwood’s ambitious treatment of the life of Jazz improvisationalist Charlie “Bird” Parker, uses a fragmented time structure in a seeming attempt to replicate the construction of its subject’s music.
Eastwood edits the film not in any chronological sense, but instead in a way that suggests its subject’s life is to be taken as a whole; that the artist is inseparable from the art.
Bird wouldn’t be half the film it is if not for the sensational performances by Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora, as the influential jazz musician and his wife.
www.moviemartyr.com /1988/bird.htm   (519 words)

  Bird (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of former President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Bird is a song by the band The Time.
The "bird" is also a way of referring to the middle finger, when it is used offensively or rudely by doing this:
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bird_(disambiguation)   (185 words)

 Bird (1988)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
It is long--too long--and the story it tells, though certainly dramatic in its bleak and uncompromising portrait of an artist whose music was often overshadowed by his drug addiction, weighs down too heavily on the latter than the former.
There is potential on view here--Parker's struggle to survive as a musician in a culture that is more appreciative of rock and roll than of jazz is a minor thread that could have been expanded--but much of it is unrealized.
"Bird" is a handsome film, but its craftsmanship and artistry is defeated by the script.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0094747   (498 words)

 Clint Eastwood @ Filmbug
He was also the recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute and the Film Society at Lincoln Center in 1996, and he was given the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995 from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
The film also received nominations for Best Direction and Best Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the ShoWest Award for Director of the Year from the National Association of Theater Owners (which also gave Eastwood the Male Star of the Decade Award in 1982).
In the film, Eastwood explores his life-long passion for Piano Blues, using rare footage of Art Tatum and Professor Longhair with new interviews and performances by Ray Charles, Pinetop Perkins, Dave Brubeck, Marcia Ball, Jay McShann, Dr. John and Pete Jolly.
www.filmbug.com /people/e/clint_eastwood.html   (1734 words)

 Probert Encyclopaedia: Actors (Br-Bram)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Brad Bird is an American animated film maker, director, writer and actor.
He was born in 1917 at Goldfield, Nevada and died in 2002 of emphysema.
He played 'Ted Baker' in the 1988 film 'Always' and 'Calhoun' in the 1988 film 'Nam Angels'.
www.probertencyclopaedia.com /CYBC.HTM   (308 words)

 Film Talk -> Bird (1988)
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Instead, Bird tries to show us an honest picture of what Parker’s life was like during the peak of his career and the end of his life.
www.film-talk.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=6895   (1428 words)

 Bird -- 1988: The Hard Bop Homepage
Unfairly dismissed by some jazz fans as just another doomed-junkie story, Bird is blunt about its subject's catastrophic heroin habit (when he died at age 34, the doctor who pronounced him dead guessed that Parker was about 65).
But it's just one piece of the puzzle, along with Bird's prescient artistry; his keen intelligence; his mercurial emotions; his struggles with racism, finances, and the cops; and his love for challenging women, chief among them the free-spirited Chan (a snappy, sizzling Diane Venora).
The film shows how Parker, a genius who changed the face of modern music, was hampered and eventually destroyed by his appetite for women, food, and drugs.
hardbop.tripod.com /bird.html   (463 words)

 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
The film was a milestone in animation history, one of the top-grossing films of its year, and it received four Academy Awards, one of which was a Special Achievement Award for Animation Direction (Richard Williams).
It was filmed as a tribute to the entire pantheon of cartoon characters from Disney, Warner Bros., and MGM, and other studios in the 1940s.
The title of the film was derived from the plot: "Who framed (the cartoon character) Roger Rabbit" for a murder.
www.filmsite.org /whof.html   (3417 words)

 Bird (1988)
This film is a tribute to the life and genius of saxophonist great Charlie Parker.
Bird is a collage of passages from Parker's remarkable life, from his childhood in Kansas City, through his tumultuous interracial relationship with Chan Richardson, to his tragic death at the age of 34.
The film was shown in competition at Cannes, winning prizes for Forest Whitaker and the sound achievement.
www.clinteastwood.net /filmography/bird.htm   (237 words)

 Amazon.com: Bird (1988) : Video   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Bird, is a film about the life of jazz great Charlie "the Bird" Parker.
This is an American film masterpiece about America's greatest art form seen through the tragic life of one of its greatest practitioners.
This is a biographical film, and what actually happens in a life does not for the most part stand up to larger-than-life legend making.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/6301313615?v=glance   (2459 words)

 CD Review of Clint Eastwood - Mystic River Original Soundtrack on Warner Bros. Records / Malpaso Records @ ...
Eastwood’s latest film, the mysterious drama Mystic River, is his first to feature an entire score composed by the producer and director.
With the film set in an Irish neighborhood in Boston, Eastwood recorded the entire score there at Symphony Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, both conducted by Niehaus, with orchestrations by Patrick Hollenbeck and special arrangements by Gennady Loktinov.
His 1988 film Bird included original Parker cuts, orchestrated by Niehaus, as well as original copies of Eastwood’s own treasured issues of Downbeat magazine.
www.jazzreview.com /cdreviewprint.cfm?ID=6202   (421 words)

 Clint Eastwood Bio
According to film scholar David Kehr, the Eastwoods, with only child Clint Jr., spent much of the decade in motion, an experience that would inform such movies as 1982's Honkytonk Man, with its migrant, "Okie" families.
When he needed a mid-American backdrop from the 1950s for his 1988 film Bird, Eastwood used the elm-lined streets of central Sacramento, a distinctly un-Hollywood setting which he remembered from living there briefly as a child.
All three films were hits, particularly the third, and Eastwood became an instant international star, redefining the traditional image of the American cowboy.
www.celebritypro.com /bio/clint_eastwood_bio.htm   (1761 words)

 Bird - Rotten Tomatoes
Charlie "Bird" Parker had been a hero of Clint Eastwood’s since childhood, and Eastwood, having been disappointed in such jazz biopics as YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN, really wanted to make a true jazz fan’s movie about the music.
The film shows how Parker, a genius who changed the face of modern music, was hampered and eventually destroyed by his appetite for women, food, and drugs.
The film was shot in Kansas City and in Sacramento.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/bird/about.php   (674 words)

 Bird (1988) - Movie Reviews at TopTenReviews.com
Bird (1988) is ranked the #3,240 best movie of all time.
Bird is far from perfect and it seems to drag at times.
While the portrayal of the man himself is engaging, the film gets bogged down in domestic stickiness and drug melodrama, and, ultimately, Bird suffers for it.
movies.toptenreviews.com /reviews/mr40838.htm   (474 words)

 Daily Celebrations ~ Charlie Parker, Live It ~ August 29 ~ Ideas to motivate, educate, and inspire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
In 1939, "Bird" moved to New York City, then made his recording debut a year later.
He lives on in Clint Eastwood's film, Bird (1988), and other timeless tributes.
With enduring urgency, Parker lives on in the harmonic freedom of those who choose to play the horn with passion.
www.dailycelebrations.com /08290a.htm   (246 words)

 Bird (1988)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Plot Outline: The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.
He mentioned the fact that the movie didn't go into the interracial marrige of Charlie and Chan Parker.
Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Bird (1988)
us.imdb.com /Title?0094747   (427 words)

 GreenCine | product main - Bird (1988)
In his struggles to gain widespread acceptance for his music, "Bird" is forever stymied by his own self-destructiveness, and forever bailed out by the love of his life, Chan Richardson Parker (Diane Venora).
The film bemoans the demise of "cool" jazz in favor of conventional, as illustrated by the "descent" into the mainstream of Parker's mentor Buster Franklin.
Also starring in Bird is Samuel E. Wright as Dizzy Gillespie.
www.greencine.com /webCatalog?id=247   (168 words)

 Classic-Horror Review of The Church (1988)
The two principles wander through the back half of the film, almost forgotten by the storyline.
There are a handful of set pieces that work: the subway scene, the Bell Tower, and the orgiastic visuals during the literally hellish climax.
But all in all, there is not enough to recommend the film: it's for Demons and Soavi completists only.
classic-horror.com /reviews/church.shtml   (443 words)

 eBay - DVD: Bird (UPC: 085391182030)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Charlie "Bird" Parker had been a hero of Clint Eastwood’s since childhood, and Eastwood, having been disappointed in such jazz biopics as YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN, really wanted to make a true jazz fan’s movie about the music.
The film was shot in Kansas City and in Sacramento.
The film gave special thanks to the Estate of Charlie Parker, Chan Parker, Red Rodney, Dizzy Gillespie, Leonard Feather, Nica de Koenigswater, and Buddy Jones.
product.ebay.com /Bird_UPC_085391182030_W0QQfvcsZ1177QQsoprZ3056151   (697 words)

 Charlie Parker
Eastwood hatte auch das Glück, für seinen Film noch mit dessen Witwe Chan Parker reden zu können.
Seine Hommage an Bird, die Eastwood selbst finanzierte, gilt bei den Kennern der Materie als bester Jazzfilm überhaupt.
Der Film bekam nur einen Oscar für den besten Ton, Whitaker erhielt für seine Darstellung die goldene Palme von Cannes.
encyclopedie-de.snyke.com /articles/charlie_parker.html   (2592 words)

 Forest Whitaker filmography - Time Out Film
The Weinstein Company is preparing a film version of the Edward Woodward TV classic.
The former Fresh Prince is to star in the superhero comedy drama 'Tonight, He Comes'.
Register today for the Time Out Film newsletter, delivered directly to your inbox, once a week.
www.timeout.com /film/people/283932.html   (223 words)

 IMDb: Cannes Film Festival: 1988   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Krótki film o zabijaniu (1988) - Krzysztof Kieslowski
Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey, The (1988) - Vincent Ward (I)
Une femme pour l'hiver (1988) - Manuel Flèche
www.imdb.com /Sections/Awards/Cannes_Film_Festival/1988   (193 words)

 Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Los Angeles - "Tongue of a Bird"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Poetic in language, Tongue of a Bird is the story of a search and rescue pilot, Maxine (Jones), looking for a lost girl in the snowy mountains of Maine.
I can't tell if she's simply a bad actress (though she was the recipient of a New York Film Critics Award and a Golden Globe nomination for the 1988 film Bird) or if she was just awfully directed in this role.
Tongue of a Bird continues at the Mark Taper Forum until February 7.
www.talkinbroadway.com /regional/la/la4.html   (509 words)

 San Diego CityBEAT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
When Clint Eastwood needed a sax player to recreate some Charlie Parker solos for the 1988 film Bird, he called McPherson, who obliged.
Here’s a Bird solo.” But there’s a lesson being learned also when you have to take the same solo and get it off of a record.
It would be wonderful, because there was some kind of exclusivity you felt you had over the squares.
www.sdcitybeat.com /article.php?id=2446   (1379 words)

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 Combustible Celluloid - Bird (1988)
Many of his urban action films feature jazzy soundtracks, sometimes performed by the man himself (who plays a mean piano).
Once upon a time, though, Eastwood was able to bring three films into existence with jazz as their main subject.
Paradoxically, Bird was a success only in France, where, in the film, Parker finds his most truly appreciative audience.
www.combustiblecelluloid.com /classic/bird.shtml   (380 words)

 The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988 Film) - MovieWeb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988 Film) - MovieWeb
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988 Film) (1991)
Bird of III Omen Lingers on (Andante) [From On the Overgrown Path]
movieweb.com /soundtracks/st.php?025218210621   (122 words)

 The LOC.GOV Wise Guide : I Hear America Be-Boppin'
David Meeker compiled the database as a result of research undertaken on and off over a period of some 40 years while he was employed by the British Film Institute and attending and working with international film festivals, film institutes and archives across Europe and the United States.
For example, if you want information about Clint Eastwood's 1988 film, "Bird," a biopic of Charlie Parker, type "bird" in the search box and click on the "main title" radio button and then "search."
You can also view an extensive listing of the music and musicians heard in the film.
www.loc.gov /wiseguide/aug05/bebop.html   (256 words)

 Forest Whitaker Actor locations - 1000s of Famous Locations of movies, film stars, sites, actors & events from our ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Forest Whitaker Actor locations - 1000s of Famous Locations of movies, film stars, sites, actors & events from our Database
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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
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 ezFolk Media Store   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Music / The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988 Film)
It was brilliant to use the music of Leo Janacek as the score of this fantastic film.
The Bird Of III Omen Lingers On (Andante) From 'On The Overgrown Path' Set i - Ivan Klansky
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