Blues for Montmartre

Christian Braad Thomsen, Denmark, 2011

83 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

Montmartre in Copenhagen was in the 1960's one of the true jazz corners of the world. Many great American musicians played here for months, several stayed for years, and a few are buried in Copenhagen. They settled in Denmark on the run from American racism and the New York drug scene; here they enjoyed being admired for their artistic value instead of being degraded to mere entertainers. And of course the friendly Danish girls were a special attraction for many.
The film consists of archive material with Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Dollar Brand, Lee Konitz, Bud Powell, Albert Ayler, Sonny Boy Williamson and George Lewis - and of course with the famous house-trio Kenny Drew-Niels Henning Ørsted Petersen-Alex Riel. This material is combined with memories from people today remembering Montmartre and telling revealing, funny and moving anecdotes about the musicians playing there. A few of the musicians are still alive, among them Lee Konitz and John Tchicai. The film also includes several of the Danish accompanists for whom it was invaluable to play with the greatest soloists in their early youth.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Blues for Montmartre
Danish title Blues for Montmartre
Keywords Jazz, Jazz musicians, Jazzhouse Montmartre, 1960-1969
Director Christian Braad Thomsen
Screenplay Christian Braad Thomsen
Producer Christian Braad Thomsen
Director of Photography Steen Møller Rasmussen, Manuel Alberto Claro, Bente Petersen, Jane Vorre
Editor Grete Møldrup
Sound Jan Juhler
Composer Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ben Webster, Dollar Brand, Stuff Smith, Don Cherry, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Alex Riel, Kenny Drew
Appearance Henrik Wolsgaard-Iversen, Anders Dyrup, Herluf Kamp Larsen, Alex Riel
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Kollektiv Film
Danish theatrical release 05.10.2011
Cinemas Cinemateket
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Kollektiv Film
Domestic distribution Kollektiv Film


Direction Christian Braad Thomsen


Script Christian Braad Thomsen


Producer Christian Braad Thomsen
Line producer Charlotte Vinther


Cinematographer Steen Møller Rasmussen
Cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro
Cinematographer Bente Petersen
Cinematographer Jane Vorre


Editing Grete Møldrup


Music Stan Getz
Music Dexter Gordon
Music Sonny Boy Williamson
Music Ben Webster
Music Dollar Brand
Music Stuff Smith
Music Don Cherry
Music Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
Music Alex Riel
Music Kenny Drew


Sound Jan Juhler


Voiceover Christian Braad Thomsen


Appearance Henrik Wolsgaard-Iversen
Appearance Anders Dyrup
Appearance Herluf Kamp Larsen
Appearance Alex Riel
Appearance Marilyn Mazur
Appearance Torben Ulrich
Appearance Stan Getz
Appearance Lee Konitz
Appearance John Tchicai

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Information Peter H. Larsen 2011-10-10
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Kjeld Frandsen 2011-10-05
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Nanna Frank Rasmussen 2011-10-05
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Kim Skotte 2011-10-05
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten ritzau 2011-03-25
Artikel Berlingske Tidende ritzau 2011-02-28
Artikel Politiken-Fonden ritzau 2011-02-26
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