Monday, March 1, 2010

Jazz in Film

In a famous scene from the 1957 film Funny Face, Audrey Hepburn dances in a smoky Parisian bar. The music she dances to sounds like avant garde jazz, and from what we learned in class, that jazz movement was bigger in Europe and France specifically.

I wonder how accurately the jazz club was depicted. I imagine that using this stereotype of a jazz club and the black turtleneck Hepburn wears as a symbol of the beatnik/jazz culture was all exaggerated by Hollywood like hip hop or rock and roll culture often is today.


  1. The guy in the suit who looks exacerbated is Fred Astaire. The music beings abstractly and avant-garde and then goes into "How Long Has This Been Going On," a standard by Duke Ellington.