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Let's Get Lost [1988] [DVD]

Bruce Weber    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Bruce Weber
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019J2UAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,731 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber created a stunning feature with Let's Get Lost, his Academy Award nominated film about the late jazz great Chet Baker. Following the elusive and digressive nature of the star, Weber and crew went on the road with Baker from the West Coast to the East Coast to Continental Europe, during what turned out to be the last year of the musician's life. Wever captures some of Baker's last recording sessions; weaves in excerpts from Italian B movies starring the handsome young Chet, as well as rare performance footage; pauses for candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and children and adds an extra visual dimension that is becoming the filmmaker's personal stamp.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great 7 Aug 2008
By Jaybird
Bruce Weber's photography turns the drug and alcohol ravaged face of Chet Baker into a landscape to be explored, and then shows you him as a beautiful young James Dean lookalike.

The music is extraordinary, and carries the film through what might have been its more self indulgent moments. It is cleverly set into context by the commentary from all the talking heads.

Some of the speakers are knowledgeable and insightful, but there is plenty of pleasure is to be gained from listening to his various lovers and wives bitching about each other, which certainly ensures that this is no hagiography.

Perhaps the best bits are when Bruce shows Chet getting angry - when questioned by young fans comparing him unfavourably to Miles Davies, or when being asked to play over the conversation of clubbers.

In the end, you get an extraordinary picture of the man and his work.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a dream of a dreamy biopic 4 Nov 2008
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I saw this film on its theatrical release, way back in '88/89, as a part of a run of late night movies on jazz themes, screened at the Cambridge Arts Cinema, as it was then known. I was completely enthralled and enchanted. Some films are intensely and self-consciously didactic, or analytical, or escapist, romantic, challenging, soothing or whatever... This film seems to be a wonderfully un-self-conscious mixture of biography, homage, celebration, voyeurism and more besides, all delivered with a dream like whimsy, and an artistic eye for bleak, melancholy beauty. The music is fabulous, both old and new, the performance footage revealing and entertaining, and the panoply of talking heads have a lot of interesting things to say.

I finally got to own this great film on video, some years later, and have watched and enjoyed it again a number of times. Since the advent of DVD I've seen it once more at the new Arts Picture House (Cambridge - complete with after screening video link chat with Bruce Weber himself!), and generally hankered after seeing it released on DVD. I've not got it yet... but I'm excited, as I suspect my partner has it on my xmas wishlist. I just hope they've put some good extras on the disc! So, whilst I can't advise on the DVD benefits, I can heartily recommend the film as a dreamy work of beauty, that almost magically captures the tragic beauty of Baker's life and music.

This movie - my introduction to Chet Baker - made a fan out of me. The film draws more on his vocal work, rather than his trumpet playing, an imbalance I grew to appreciate as I got more familiar with his recorded legacy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for a junkie 9 May 2009
By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Bruce Webber has done a fantastic job here capturing the last dying gasp of a great talent's life. It could only have been made in black and white to give an authentic feel for the life and times of a jazz musician.

What an attractive young man with the look of Tab Hunter and the cool smoldering appeal of James Deen. And what a wreck he became after years of abusing every type of substance that came his way. Yet the appeal was still there to the end as seen in one of his final club performances. The almost whispering, melodic voice could still bend the lyrics so movingly and his horn playing although not as in his early years was still a joy to hear. It is neither right or fair to compare him to Miles Davis nor indeed to anyone else. He was an original Chet Baker.

I have been a fan for some fifty years [see my report on The Best of Chet Baker Sings] and I thought that I knew a fair bit about him, but after viewing this movie I realize that there were big gaps in my knowledge. I didn't know that this film existed until I was recently given this DVD and I enjoyed every one of the one hundred and twenty minutes.

His addictions may have diminished his talent or perhaps enhanced it. We will never know. We do know, as witnessed here,that the result of years of his addictions is the sad physical deterioration ending in his death; an old man of only fifty eight years.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
At last - my prayers have been answered. I have had this on VHS since it came out in '88. Alot of fans have been waiting for the DVD release (not bootleg) to appreciate both the documentary and music qualities. For anyone with the slightest interest in modern music or cinematography, this is a must for your collection. It must have been very hard for Bruce Weber to portray one of his music idols in such an honest way. But it works and allows an underlying story of the effects of heroin addiction to come through ( I won't say any more and let you find out yourself).
They should put a portrait of Chet aged 56 in all schools. If that does put them off hard drugs, nothing will.
Order this now, before the rest of the 5 stars convince you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars About the DVD..! 2 July 2010
By SeaWasp
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If you are into 1950s cool.. the jazz, the beats, etc.. you will like this documentary on the life of trumpeter Chet Baker. It starts off in the late 1980s with a stoned Baker (looking all the worse for wear) being chauffeured around Malibu in a vintage convertible, both his arms around a couple of considerably younger girls. Then we go back to the early days and through photos, film clips of both live performances and movies he starred in, and chats with his relatives and ex-partners we examine his extraordinary life. This is great stuff and the dvd belongs right up there on our shelf next to "Whatever Happened To Kerouac" and "Jazz On A Summer's Day".

The movie is in black & white and full frame (4:3) aspect ratio. The sound is 2 channel stereo. There are subtitles available and I found I needed them because sometimes Chet seems to mumble and some of the other background voices are hard to hear. The subs came in handy. The movie runs for approximately 2 hours.

1. "Looking Again For Chet In All The Familiar Places": a new 20-minute featurette made up from footage not used in the film with a voice-over by the director and producer of the original movie. It's a reminiscence of sorts... both on Chet and the making of the movie.

2. "Let's get Lost Kodachrome newsreel": About 5 or 6 minutes random footage shot by the cinematographer of goings on during the filming of the movie. It takes colour to see how truly withered and ravaged by drugs Chet looked in the latter stage of his life. Music only audio on this.

3. "The Teddy Boys Of The Edwardian Drape Society": Approximately 5-minute short film by Bruce Weber showing aging British "teds" in record shops, displaying their tattoos and jiving...
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5.0 out of 5 stars but if you are a fan of Chet Baker then you could not fail to like it.
Superb, but if you are a fan of Chet Baker then you could not fail to like it.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. Susan Reid-povall
5.0 out of 5 stars It's always good to see old documentary of a musician that I ...
It's always good to see old documentary of a musician that I would have liked to meet and that has meant much for the jazz music. And portrayed as natural, gorgeous!
Published 1 month ago by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars great talent
Poignant, beautifully crafted film of a unique and self destructive talent. Well researched and well written, it's beautifully filmed and also has the once-great man himself. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Macmcp
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary
Even if you haven't heard of Chet Baker you will find this documentary both fascinating and entertaining in equal measures. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter T. Dalziel
3.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from dope.
Fascinating and depressing at the same time. Chet's natural talent is well-known and his recordings provide great listening. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. P. H. York
4.0 out of 5 stars Trumpet player extraordinary!
They said Chet Baker couldn't read. How can this be? As Jack Sheldon laments, how easy he makes it sound, a natural musician. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by ian henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Even for non Jazz buffs
Fantastic documentary and not being a Jazz fan came to it completely cold and really not expecting much. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by Stephen Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars The great Chet Baker
A great film ,I would recommend it to Jazz fans and also those who love a good true to life story..Sad but brilliant..
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by J. Kavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT film
This is a BEAUTIFUL FILM; ingeniously shot and beautifully edited...
You get to see glimpses of Chet's charismatic youth and the sad and moving images of his final years. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by Nikica Gilic
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