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Mo' Better Blues

Spike Lee / US, 1990 / 129 min.

Trumpeter Gilliam, played with subtle intensity by Denzel Washington, dedicates so much time to music that he neglects his friends and lovers. Fabulous score by Branford Marsalis (Buckshot LeFonque) and Terenche Blanchard (Lee's regular film composer and member of the Jazz Messengers)

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At the time, people were critical of Spike Lee following his intense, political breakthrough Do The Right Thing (1989) with this much tamer, meandering Mo' Better Blues. However, there is plenty to love about this atypical 'Spike Lee joint'. The colours shot by cameraman Ernest Dickerson explode off the screen, plenty of attention was paid to the lush decor and costumes and the whole film is interlarded with Lee's love of jazz.

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Mo' Better Blues


129 min.







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still from Mo' Better Blues (Spike Lee, US 1990)
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