Wild Man Blues
|Wild Man Blues|
|Directed by||Barbara Kopple|
|Produced by||Jean Doumanian|
New Orleans Jazz Band
|Editing by||Lawrence Silk|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Release dates||January 1997|
|Running time||105 minutes|
|Language||French, English, Italian|
Wild Man Blues is a 1997 documentary film directed by Barbara Kopple, about the musical avocation of actor/director/comic Woody Allen. The film takes its name from a jazz composition sometimes attributed to Jelly Roll Morton and sometimes to Louis Armstrong and recorded by both (among others). Allen's love of early 20th century New Orleans music is depicted through his 1996 tour of Europe with his New Orleans Jazz Band. Allen has played clarinet with this band for over 25 years.
Although Allen's European tour is the film's primary focus, it was also notable as the first major public showcase for Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn.
A DVD of Woody Allen's 1996 European tour with his New Orleans Jazz Band, entitled "Woody Allen Wild Man Blues", is available under the Alliance Atlantis label. The film was featured on an Australian box set of Allen's films that covered the period from 1994 to 2002. The box set was released in April, 2012, on region 4.
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