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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, dir. Stanley Nelson, USA 2019, 115 min., English, 15

The life and career of musical giant and cultural icon Miles Davis – a true visionary, innovator and originator who defied categorisation.

The central theme of Davis’ life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star. For the people who loved him most, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention – and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles’ bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn.

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