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That Terrible Jazz (2014): Written and Directed by Mike Falconi.
Starring: Ephraim Davis (Sam Sellers), Elizabeth Alksne (Bethany), Timothy J. Cox (Nicky), Gyasi Howard (Wynn Dumont)
** out of ****
Writer / director Mike Falconi goes the film noir route with his film That Terrible Jazz, about a down on his luck private eye Sam Sellers (Ephraim Davis) who’s on the hunt for a missing sax player. Of course, as Falconi’s story unfolds, we learn that the missing guy Wynn Dumont (Gyasi Howard) is more than just a sax player. Falconi’s film has all the right elements; a boozy private eye looking for a case, shifty characters, fast talking dames, cigarettes, lies, lies and more lies. It’s beautifully shot in black in white (nice work by Stephen Grancell). Even the credits pay homage to classic noirs like Laura and Out of The Past.
(Ephraim Davis stars in That Terrible Jazz with Timothy J. Cox)
Where Falconi’s film falters is in the narrative; we’re simply not given enough information to care about any of the characters. While actor Ephraim Davis does nice work with what he has as private eye Sellers, the script could have given him a lot more to do. The supporting cast (mostly a mixed bag) aren’t given much to do either, with the exception of Timothy J. Cox who managed to score his points with his one scene as a William Bendix like bartender who has seen it all.
That Terrible Jazz is not a bad film. I applaud the effort by Falconi and team.
Information on That Terrible Jazz is available on the Internet Movie Database.
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