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“Sweet Love, Bitter”, by Herbert Danska

Janeiro 22, 2010

Sweet Love, Bitter” (1967, USA) Directed by Herbert Danska
Screenplay by Danska, Lewis Jacobs
Based on the novel “Night Song” by John A. Williams
Music by Mal Waldron
With Dick GregoryRobert Hooks Don Murray Diane Varsi

A rediscovered gem of 1960s independent cinema, introduced by director Danska on May 12. In a harrowing, thinly disguised homage to Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, radical comedian Gregory plays the charismatic Richie “Eagle” Stokes, an alto saxophonist done in by racism, drugs, and self-destructiveness. Waldron, who played with Charles Mingus and Max Roach in the 1950’s and was Billie Holiday‘s regular pianist during her last years, suffered a nervous breakdown in 1963, the same year in which he scored Shirley Clarke‘s The Cool World. His music for Sweet Love, Bitter, written not long after this tortured period, is filled with dark, spare sonorities.

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  1. Março 27, 2010 00:18

    I am looking to get in contact with Herbert Danska concerning Fluerette Carter.

    If anyone reading this knows Herbert could you please ask him to contact me.

    Thank you,
    Steve Fischler
    Fischler Artist Promotions
    Los Angeles


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