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Louis (2010)




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About, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker, starring Jackie Earle Haley, Shanti Lowry and Anthony Coleman, will premiere in US cities in late August with live musical accompaniment by Wynton Marsalis, renowned pianist Cecile Licad and a 10-piece all-star jazz ensemble. Marsalis will play a score comprised primarily of his own compositions. Licad will play the music of 19th century American composer L.M. Gottschalk. The group will perform live with the film in a series of special performances in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Detroit and Philadelphia. Shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond as a modern re-imagining of early silent film, LOUIS is an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music. The grand Storyville bordellos, alleys and cemeteries of 1907 New Orleans provide a backdrop of lust, blood and magic for 6 year old Louis (Anthony Coleman) as he navigates the colorful intricacies of life in the city. Young Louis's dreams of playing the trumpet are interrupted by a chance meeting with a beautiful and vulnerable girl named Grace (Lowry) and her baby, Jasmine. Haley, in a performance reminiscent of the great comic stars of the silent screen, plays the evil Judge Perry who is determined not to let Jasmine's true heritage derail his candidacy for governor. "The idea of accompanying a silent film telling a mythical tale of a young Louis Armstrong was appealing to me," says Marsalis. "Of course, calling it a silent film is a misnomer -- there will be plenty of music, and jazz is like a conversation between the players so there'll be no shortage of dialogue." --© Official Site


Jackie Earle Haley
as Judge Leander Perry
Shanti Lowry
as Grace Lamennais
Michael Rooker
as Pat McMurphy
Joe Chrest
as Tom Anderson
Steven Martini
as Alex Karnofsky
Derick Martini
as Morris Karnovsky
Carmen DeLavallade
as Comtesse Willie Piazza
Nejla Yatkin
as Heinous Henna
Jon Stafford
as Justice Brown
Anthony Mackie
as Buddy Bolden
Vilmos Zsigmond
as Photographer
Veryl E. Jones
as Black Benny
Mykel Shannon Jenkins
as Frankie Duson
Angela Ray
as Louis's Mama
Delfeayo Marsalis
as Professor Davis
Bo Mitchell
as One-Eye
Mariah Bell
as Baby Jasmine
Lou Criscuolo
as Hieronymous Chad
Lou Criscoulo
as Hieronymous Chad
Michael Irby
as John Robichaux
Arillio Smith
as Tony Jackson
Nina Amari Frink
as Louis's Baby Sister
Eddie Williams
as Bullyrag Drunk
Lee Freeman
as Lulu White
John McFalls
as Percy Murdaugh
Philip Schneider
as Campaign Manager
Robert Ri'chard
as George Baquet
Bobby Tyson
as Alley Trumpeter
LaMar Wheeler
as Alley Paramour
Jerrod Paige
as Mad Husband
Mick McGovern
as Crooked Cop
Marthe Pineau
as Mistress Marthe
Michael Shapiro
as Sorebum McGee
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Critic Reviews for Louis

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

With a pace and cinematic language openly inspired by Charlie Chaplin, it's as much a riff on silent movies as it is a coming-of-age tale with a whiff of political farce.

September 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Faux silent-film melodrama is mostly a novelty, but the jazz score, performed live by Wynton Marsalis for select engagements, is a real treat.

August 31, 2010 | Full Review…

Though commendably attentive to Chaplin-esque pantomime on the part of lead villain Jackie Earle Haley, this cinematic anomaly falls flat as a stand-alone.

August 25, 2010 | Full Review…

Louis may superficially resemble movies of a bygone age, but it lacks their essence: masterful effortlessness.

August 24, 2010 | Full Review…

The problem with Louis is that it gets distracted from what it does best, and a Chaplin pastiche is no substitute for the real thing.

March 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Louis is in every way a tribute to regressive nostalgia.

August 23, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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