The Jazz Baroness

Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Genre
Documentary
Director
Hannah Rothschild
Movie year
2008
Duration
90 min
Filmmaker Hannah Rothschild tells the intriguing story of her great-aunt Baroness Pannonica Rothschild and her love of jazz, as explored through her long relationship with legendary pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. In this absorbing documentary, director Rothschild tries to unravel the mystery of why her family wanted the baroness’s past kept quiet. Helen Mirren reads from some of the baroness’s own diary entries, and the film is beautifully augmented by a soundtrack featuring 27 recordings of songs written and recorded by Monk for Nica, as she was called. A portrait of a colourful character as well as a reflection of her times, The Jazz Baroness also features interviews with Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Clint Eastwood and the Duchess of Devonshire.
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