Cinema Art Theater This Week presents BORN TO BE BLUE
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present BORN TO BE BLUE, a biopic of renowned trumpeter and jazz legend Chet Baker. Screening times are at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on both Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, as well as 4:00 pm Sunday, May 15. The Cinema Art Theater is located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes Wawa.
Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. Critic Brian Tallerico rates Ethan’s performance as “one of his best.”
BORN TO BE BLUE is a sincere drama about a man and his art, and how both were almost destroyed. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, his career and personal life were in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. Director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker's life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame, played by Carmen Ejogo.
Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke's virtuoso performance, BORN TO BE BLUE unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz. You don’t have to be a jazz fan to enjoy this heart-breaking and uplifting film. “Philadelphia Inquirer” critic Steven Rea says, “BORN TO BE BLUE doesn't pretend to have all the answers. What it does have – in addition to an immersive performance from Ethan Hawke as the cool-cat jazz man – is an emotional understanding of who Baker was, or may have been.” [2015, USA, Runtime: 98 minutes, English, Rated R]
Admission for each of these screenings is $8 per film for members and $10 per film for future members. Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema Art Theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.