60th anniversary screening
In one of the first films to introduce jazz stylings into mainstream cinema scores, Frank Sinatra stars as a recovering addict and aspiring drummer. Composer Elmer Bernstein incorporated jazz elements to create the feel of contemporary urban America, and to express the character’s ambitions and growing despair. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive
Preceded by the Oscar-nominated jazz short Jammin' the Blues (Directed by Gjon Mili, USA, 1944, 10 min.), featuring Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Barney Kessel, Marie Bryant, and others in a late-night jam session.