WIFF | FILMS

DJANGO

Review

Director:

 Etienne Comar

Genre:

Drama

Country:

France

Rated:

PG

Year:

2017

Language:

French

Runtime:

117 Minutes

Description:

Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing.  He electrified audiences with his jazz guitar genius and was tolerated by the Nazis who, despite their loathing of “monkey music”, saw that his celebrity and hugely popular concerts could be used to pacify and divert a defeated population.  German officials insisted he tour Germany, at the same time forbidding him to play his style of music.  As a member of the Romany Gypsies he was persecuted as a  “degenerate”.

Django grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician’s eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival.  Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not stop him from playing.

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