Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming his admirers. But even as the rise of Nazism and anti-Romani sentiment force Reinhardt to make a daring escape from the city, he refuses to be silenced.
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Comar, in his first effort as director, turns out a creditable biopic of the greatest French musician of the 20th century. It wisely focuses on the Occupation and how close Django came to falling victim to the holocaust of European gypsies. The music, interpreted by the Rosenberg Trio is splendid, and Kateb, the best French actor of his generation, incarnates Django with a world-weary swagger. Better than I expected.