• February 1, 2010

February 20 - Movie night: Harlem in Montmartre

A still from “Harlem in Montmartre”

Heart’s Home celebrates Black History Month !

“The film explores a fas­ci­nating, yet often neglected, era in African-American cul­tural his­tory” says pro­ducer Margaret Smilow.

"Harlem in Montmartre: Paris Jazz explores the vibrant expa­triate jazz com­mu­nity which formed among the hills of Montmartre, Paris between the Great Wars. Based on a book written by dis­tin­guished Berkeley anthro­pol­o­gist, (the late) William Shack, this film will not only examine the life and times of such nota­bles as Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Bricktop, Eugene Bullard, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Django Reinhardt, but also the social, racial, and cul­tural impli­ca­tions of their rich and dis­parate expe­ri­ences.

“As the Harlem Renaissance sailed across the Atlantic and mor­phed into Le Tumult Noir, it became, not a black metropolis, but a con­cen­tra­tion of itin­erant musi­cians, with a fren­zied night-club cul­ture at its core. This Harlem-style jazz brought a gaiety and mer­ri­ment which Europe was so des­perate for; cos­tumed, scantily-clad chorus girls deliv­ering bawdy lyrics and furi­ously can-can­ning their way away from the bru­tality and bitter mem­o­ries the Great War had left behind.” Read more

The doc­u­men­tary was co-pro­duced by Margaret Smilow with Charles Hobson and Helene Le Coeur. We will be very honored to have Charles Hobson with us on February 20. He will pre­sent us that movie and shares with us his pas­sion for jazz.

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