Bertrand Tavernier

’Round Midnight

’Round Midnight

’Round Midnight is a love letter from director Bertrand Tavernier to the heyday of bebop and the Black American musicians who found refuge in the smoky underground jazz clubs of 1950s Paris. In a sui generis, Oscar-nominated fusion of performer and character, legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon plays Dale Turner, a brilliant New York jazz veteran whose music aches with beauty but whose personal life is ravaged by addiction. Searching for a fresh start in Paris, Turner strikes up an unlikely friendship with a struggling single father and ardent jazz fan (François Cluzet) who finds his life transformed as he attempts to help the self-destructive musician. Herbie Hancock’s evocative, Oscar-winning score sets the mood for this definitive jazz film, a bittersweet opus that glows with lived-in, soulful authenticity.

Film Info

  • United States, France
  • 1986
  • 131 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • French, English
  • Spine #1122

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • New interview with jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins
  • New conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon, widow of musician Dexter Gordon
  • Before Midnight, a 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary by Jean Achache
  • Panel discussion from 2014 featuring Cuscuna, Maxine Gordon, director Bertrand Tavernier, and jazz scholar John Szwed, moderated by jazz critic and broadcaster Mark Ruffin
  • Performance from 1969 of “Fried Bananas” by Dexter Gordon, directed by Teit Jørgensen
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Mark Anthony Neal

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
  • New interview with jazz and cultural critic Gary Giddins
  • New conversation with music producer Michael Cuscuna and author Maxine Gordon, widow of musician Dexter Gordon
  • Before Midnight, a 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary by Jean Achache
  • Panel discussion from 2014 featuring Cuscuna, Maxine Gordon, director Bertrand Tavernier, and jazz scholar John Szwed, moderated by jazz critic and broadcaster Mark Ruffin
  • Performance from 1969 of “Fried Bananas” by Dexter Gordon, directed by Teit Jørgensen
  • New English subtitle translation and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Mark Anthony Neal

    New cover by F. Ron Miller
’Round Midnight
Cast
Dexter Gordon
Dale Turner
François Cluzet
Francis Borier
Gabrielle Haker
Berangere
Sandra Reaves-Phiillips
Buttercup
Lonette McKee
Darcey Leigh
Christine Pascal
Sylvie
Herbie Hancock
Eddie Wayne
Bobbie Hutcherson
Ace
Martin Scorsese
Goodley
John Berry
Ben
Credits
Director
Bertrand Tavernier
Written by
David Rayfiel
Bertrand Tavernier
Produced by
Irwin Winkler
Director of photography
Bruno De Keyzer
Production designer
Alexandre Trauner
Editor
Armond Psenny
Costume designer
Jacqueline Moreau
Music composed, arranged, and conducted by
Herbie Hancock
Bass
Ron Carter
Pierre Michelot
Mads Vinding
Percussion
Cheikh Fall
Piano
Herbie Hancock
Cedar Walton
Drums
Billy Higgins
Tony Williams
Trumpet
Freddie Hubbard
Éric Le Lann
Palle Mikkelborg
Guitar
John McLaughlin
Michel Perez
Soprano and tenor saxophone
Wayne Shorter
Vibes
Bobby Hutcherson

Current

’Round Midnight: Return from Exile
’Round Midnight: Return from Exile

A longtime lover of jazz, Bertrand Tavernier honors its legacy by throwing the spotlight on real musicians—including legendary tenor sax player Dexter Gordon—improvising on-screen.

By Mark Anthony Neal