Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

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Biography Documentary with no narration published by Shanachie Entertainment in 1998 - English language

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The first comprehensive documentary of Afro-American jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus. Mingus led a tumultuous life filled with trauma and frustration, joy and creativity. Not light enough to be considered white and not dark enough to fit into the black community, he was an outcast in American society who charted his own path. Likewise, his legacy as a 20th Century composer reaches far beyond conventional jazz idioms. Mingus apprenticed with people like Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Charlie Parker before going out on his own and becoming a musical force for more than a decade. When interest in his music waned at the height of the rock era in the mid-1960s, and one of his closest collaborators Eric Dolphy died, he was institutionalized due to psychological problems. Upon his return to the music scene, he began playing more concerts and his sales zoomed. This golden period of recognition ended when he contracted Lou Gehrig's disease and his music began to deteriorate. He died in 1979. Exhaustively researched, virtually everything used in the film is extraordinarily rare -- newly unearthed performance footage, previously unpublished photographs, radio broadcasts, and private interviews. Abundant clips of Mingus in performance in the 1960s and 1970s perfectly illustrate both his joy and rage. Nine years in the making, this lucid involving portrait shows the many faces and tortured heart of a musical genius. He titled his 1971 autobiography "Beneath the Underdog," but by the end of his life, with his ambition and resolute sense of purpose, the underdog ultimately triumphed. Concert footage includes Mingus duetting with the equally magnificent Eric Dolphy in 1964 and performing 'Pithecanthropus Erectus' in 1970. The film concludes with the posthumous premiere of Mingus' "Epitaph." Directed by Don McGlynn

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 1 802 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x544
Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1h 17mn
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.08 GB
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