Two Additions: One for 2004 and one for 1963

Exils (2004)
Written, directed, and produced by Tony Gatlif
Music by Tony Gatlif and Delphine Mantoulet
Cinematography by CĂ©line Bozon
Editing by Monique Dartonne
Production design by Brigitte Brassart
Starring Romain Duris and Lubna Azabal

   Gatlif does it again! He's given us another movie that while we watch, we simply can't predict a moment in it. Every action, every sound, every cut, and every long-held shot, every decision by the characters, every action by the fate of the plot, it is all unexpected, and thus the movie flies by in a blur. We can't take our eyes off it. The music and cinematography are unparalleled as goes for most Gatlif movies.
   Like a favorite album, you can sit through the whole thing and love every minute of it, but do you know what it means? Do you know what the songs are actually about? You listen and enjoy not because you understand, but because you feel. The rhythms and sounds, the characters and passers-by, the sets, themes, and mood are all just members of Gatlif's big band performance for us. It's a cutting-edge, much needed, correct step for cinema to take. You can watch it a hundred times and still find something new, enjoy some other angle of thinking about it.
   The title is an intentional mis-spelling of "Exiles".

Anita O'Day - Live in Sweden (1963)
Starring Anita O'Day, Goran Engdahl (p), 
Roman Dylag (b), and John Poole (d) 

   A live set performed with perfection by the singer, as well as the drummer. The pianist and bassist do remarkably well during choruses and verses, but stumble a little during their solos. Overall, it's a stunning thing to watch Anita, this force of music, improvise and delight a live audience with her unpredictable sounds, through long smart angles and cuts that allow this movie to still come across as fresh. A miraculous treat!
   Recorded on 1 November 1963 in Sweden. The songs performed are: Sweet Georgia Brown, Let's Fall In Love, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Fly Me to the Moon, Honeysuckle Rose, On Green Dolphin Street, and Tea for Two. Each one performed to perfection.

Click here for the full 1963 entry

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