VARIETY, Sundance Film Review: ‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’

Stanley Nelson's superbly crafted documentary taps deep into the mystique of Miles Davis: his sound, stardom, and cult of personality.

“...the movie, with its sharply edited interviews and stunning archival reach, fills in nuances of the man that feel fresh and new. That’s what first-rate classical documentary filmmaking does: It brings a life you may already know to even greater life.”

“...I found ‘Birth of the Cool’ to be intensely gratifying. Nelson is a filmmaker with a sixth sense for how to nudge history into the present.”

“‘Birth of the Cool’ captures everything that Miles poured into the creation of his mood ring of sound.”

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MILES DAVISAngela McCrae