Rewind & Play

66 mins
8.6 / 10 (229)


In December 1969, legendary pianist and composer Thelonious Monk ended his European tour in Paris. Before the show, Monk appeared on French TV to perform and speak with French jazz pianist Henri Renaud. Newly discovered footage reveals the disconnect between Monk and his interviewer.

MUBI's take

Working with unseen outtakes from a 1969 French TV interview, director Alain Gomis fashions a riveting, sharp-edged essay on the media’s treatment of a genius of jazz piano, Thelonious Monk. Hypnotic, nerve-wrangling, and immersive, Rewind and Play lets the music—and the silence—do the talking.

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