From Al Jolson to Jean-Luc Godard
Jamie Cullum takes a very personal journey through jazz in films - this week, from Al Jolson to Jean-Luc Godard.
Jamie Cullum shares his love for jazz and the cinema. In the first of this two-part series, Jamie looks back to the earliest days of jazz on film, the struggles faced by black artists and performers and Duke Ellington's remarkable early work 'Symphony in Black'.
He reveals how the cartoon character Betty Boop broke down many of the racial and sexual conventions of the time before she too became a victim of the Hollywood censors. And he celebrates two of his favourite films - 'Anatomy of a Murder', with its perfectly judged Ellington soundtrack, and the edgy brilliance of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (A Bout De Souffle). Featuring the French jazz genius Martial Solal and a rarely heard archive interview with Duke Ellington himself.