Documenting the life of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, through interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, and archive footage from the 1950s and from the musician’s last years. Directed renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber.
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"Let's Get Lost" is a brilliant documentary film for several reasons. One of the truly effective aspects however is the cutting between the B&W stock footage of Baker in his prime, and the seamless cutting back to Baker in the 80's, broken yet charming, on death's door. The fact that everything is shot black and white 16mm, gives the movement between past and present a transcendent quality handled with great care.
I think to watch this film without previously being a fan of Chet Baker's music would be sort of missing the point, this is film that requires a certain compassion. It's a devastatingly honest, intimate and painful documentary, one which never holds a facade in front of our face to conceal the truth of the man in question. Difficult, very very difficult, but certainly a great film. 5/5
this was so very beautiful and poetic, both aesthetically and mood-wise. wonderfully put together, very moving; it really breaks the boundaries of documentary films for it's not merely a static informative piece but an exploration. I feel that I got to know Chet Baker through the film; he was a tortured soul and dark but also enormously talented.
As it's said in the film, you hear Chet's voice and trumpet and simply forget about the physical frailty the defined much of his adult life. The high contrast black-and-white photography seems like the perfect choice to capture the dichotomy between Chet Baker the musician and Chet Baker the man. One of the greatest portraits of jazz ever put on screen.
Bruce Weber made his bones as a fashion photographer, and shot this bio in a style very similar to the way he shot his Calvin Klein advertisements. But the CK ads were lovely iconic photos, and this film is a pleasure to watch. He also includes the work of another great photographer who shot Chet Baker in the 50's, as well as archival footage. Sad and beautiful.
A very good documentary, giving the music as well as the personal memories a lot of room. Especially the intimate moments of the portrait are astonishing, due to an almost tender use of the camera. And the black and white photography is intriguing.