Enzo Avitabile Music Life

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  • Summary: Director Jonathan Demme turns his camera on Enzo Avitabile, a renowned Neapolitan saxophonist and singer-songwriter.


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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 15, 2013
    Demme has crafted yet another superb document of musicians at work, one as much about creation—and the sources of inspiration—as it is about performance. A wonderful film, as in, it's full of wonders.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Oct 18, 2013
    The film feels like a first draft. But then there is the music to celebrate.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 24, 2013
    In Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Demme has not given us an expansive film, and there are spots you wish he'd dug deeper. But there is such a well of emotion that the music alone is almost enough.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 15, 2013
    The scenes of the film’s exuberant, frizzy-haired protagonist wandering Naples and revisiting old haunts, however, seem much more unfocused—a ramshackle search for insights into the man’s art and life that rarely come. The instruments are in tune, but the rhythm is off.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 17, 2013
    The fuzziness of Mr. Avitabile’s sentiments on boundary-blind unity is echoed in the movie’s slack, tag-along portraiture.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Oct 16, 2013
    It’s possible that something’s getting lost in translation, but Demme’s film only occasionally makes it seem like it’s worth the effort for the rest of the world to catch up.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Oct 21, 2013
    Unlike Demme’s concert pics, this aims more for the process, yet brief scenes “in the old neighborhood” play out like cliches, and only Avitabile’s restlessness really lingers.

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  1. Oct 20, 2013
    This movie was just plain boring from start to finish. Enzo was not interesting, nor especially talented. I wanted to leave after 10This movie was just plain boring from start to finish. Enzo was not interesting, nor especially talented. I wanted to leave after 10 minutes. The lyrics to his songs were painfully simplistic. His saxophone playing was very average. The range of his singing voice was very narrow. The group performances were endless and why any of the other performers would want to play second fiddle to him boggles the mind. One of the worst films I have seen in a long time. A must to avoid. Expand