ABOUT THE FILM
Rewind & Play | Alain Gomis | 2022 | France, Germany | 65 minutes
Recently discovered footage of Thelonious Monk from late 1969 provides new insight to his music and career in two significant ways. First, rarely seen performance footage reminds us of his musical genius. Second, deleted footage from an interview on French television clearly illustrates how Monk had to deal with casual racism throughout his life despite his acclaim as a musician.
“A minor masterwork of historical investigation and a fervent tribute to the epochally great musician… Monk’s solo performances [are] spectacular.” –Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“With Gomis’s arrangement of footage, viewers bear witness to Monk as he subtly challenges his interlocutor… and ultimately Monk’s effortlessly innovative compositions.” –Anthony Hawley, Hyperallergic