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Rewind & Play

April 6, 2023

Rewind & Play

(Dir. Alain Gomis, 2022)

Introduction by writer, archivist, and artist Harmony Holiday!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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In  December 1969, legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk  ended his European concert tour with a performance at the Salle Pleyel  in Paris. Before the show, he was invited to appear on a French  television program to perform and answer questions in an intimate  setting. Using newly discovered footage from this recording, director  Alain Gomis (Félicité)  reveals the disconnect between Monk and his interviewer, Henri Renaud,  whose unwittingly trivializing approach conveys the casual racism and  exploitation prevalent in the music industry at large. A fascinating  behind-the-scenes documentary with extraordinary rarely-seen  performances, Rewind & Play offers a unique opportunity to see Monk in a way that very few people did.

In person: Harmony Holiday


- Tony Pipolo, Artforum

Rewind & Play dazzles! A gleaming portrait of Monk at work.

- Lisa Kennedy, The New York Times

Gomis’s film illuminates [Monk] in a light in which we’ve rarely seen him... What Gomis has uncovered is fascinating.

- Connor Williams, Reverse Shot

A  minor masterwork of historical investigation and a fervent tribute to  the epochally great musician... Monk’s solo performances [are]  spectacular.

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Makes  Monk a man again, one who was gifted, loved, harassed... Shows not only  a genius's performance but also the work of crafting a public image.

- Blair McClendon, 4Columns

(Available to download after screening date)

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