“Young Man With a Horn” (1950): Best Jazz Movies
Based on the real-life story of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, one of the original tragic musicians (he died at age 28 of complications from alcoholism), this Hollywood concoction featured Kirk Douglas in his breakout role. The music, ranging from Dixieland to lush big band, is fully retro (and comically filmed). Still, Beiderbecke’s ongoing legend keeps Young Man With a Horn relevant.
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