Bird Now evokes the jazz music of America in the 40s, through the figure of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, the legendary Jazzman, seen against the backdrop of New York City, a mythical Musical place in all its guises from Harlem to the Bronx and from the Bowery to Brooklyn.
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Beautiful cinematography breathes life into the scenes of New York, the city which is just as much a heroine in this film as is the sound and the art of Charlie Parker. His acquaintances and his intimates talk of him joyously one second, then painfully the next, as if they had finally come to terms with his premature death and are prepared to hold his vigil in a benevolent spirit.