Nathaniel Taylor plays African-American jazz musician Warmack, who is bedeviled by crooked, homicidal record executives. At the behest of his grandfather Papa Harris (Clarence Muse), Warmack seeks out inner strength by studying his family roots.
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"What's up cool breeze???" The glory of Nathaniel "Rollo Lawson" Taylor's considerable acting chops sadly never saw much utilization in the film world. Passing Through (Larry Clark's master thesis at UCLA) is a rare, wonderful opportunity to see him carry a film.
The narrative is contrived and the story wandering, but the art direction, photography, editing, sound mixing and overall directorial vision are astounding. No other film that I've ever seen captures the power of jazz and its role in the African American fight for equality like this film does. A spectacular artistic document of a movement, a people and a music.