The definitive Bix movie - the facts and not the fiction
Posted Jun 26, 2009 6:44 AM
Back in the 1930's, when the Swing Era was in full flow, when the name Bix Beiderbecke was beginning to come back into fashion, when suddenly his rediscovery meant Americans realised they had a Martyr to worship, Bix was becoming the first legend to emerge from the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties. Everybody claimed to have known him and had a story to tell and anecdotes to relate. Thus the fiction and fantasy was already starting to cloud the truth. By 1960 the first serious biography 'Bugles for Beiderbecke' tried to untangle the truth from the vivid imaginations. But it took 45 dedicated years for author Phil Evans to produce a Bix Biography that told it as it was. The real Bix Story. So any film writer, producer or director has had the hard work done for them. Berman's film was unsatisfactory because they didn't have the information that we have now and they accepted sometimes without question what their interviewees were telling them. If we expect, as Bix fans one and all, a film that compares to Phil's Bio, we'll all be satisfied and be able to call it the definitive film about Bix, his colourful life and, most importantly, demonstrating his unique style and sound playing the Cornet. So not only must the actor playing the part of Bix be convincing but the music on the soundtrack must be absolutely authentic too.