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Rewind & Play

Rewind & Play

Directed by Alain Gomis

June 16th, 2023 7:00 pm

June 17th, 2023 3:00pm

June 18th, 2023 1:00pm


In December 1969, legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk ended his European concert tour with a performance at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Before the show, he was invited to appear on a French television program to perform and answer questions in an intimate setting. Using newly discovered footage from this recording, director Alain Gomis (FÉLICITÉ) reveals the disconnect between Monk and his interviewer, Henri Renaud, whose unwittingly trivializing approach conveys the casual racism and exploitation prevalent in the music industry at large. A fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary with extraordinary rarely-seen performances, REWIND & PLAY offers a unique opportunity to see Monk in a way that very few people did.


Film Details

Director: Alain Gomis
Studio: Grasshopper Film
Running Time: 65 minutes
Country: France, Germany
Release Year: 2022
Rated: Unrated


Rewind & Play dazzles because it is and will remain a wonder to witness Monk seemingly discovering his compositions again and again, his fingers conjuring, his right foot etching rhythms.” – Lisa Kennedy, New York Times