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Archival footage, live performances, and interviews conducted by none other than Clint Eastwood depict the life and career of Tony Bennett.
This cinematic portrayal of Tony Bennett caps a year-long celebration of a singer who celebrated his 80th birthday last August. Bennett's most recent chart topping CD, "Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic," has also reached another milestone for the singer, becoming the biggest selling album of his career. "Duets" was awarded three Grammy Awards last Sunday in the categories of "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album," "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" and "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)."
Coming back continuously to concert footage of Tony Bennett's 2005 set at the Monterrey Jazz Festival, the film presents a biography, an assessment of the singer, and an appreciation of interpreters of the American song book: Bennett (1926- ), Sinatra, Durante, and others. Each song is the backdrop for a chapter of Bennett's life: growing up poor, being a soldier in World War II, joining the civil rights movement, reinvigorating his career with the help of his son Donny, practicing the art of bel canto, painting plein air landscapes, and promoting education. Clips of earlier performances of the same songs punctuate his consistency and timelessness.
Clint Eastwood presents the extraordinary career of Tony Bennett with archival footage, live performances including his performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2005, and interviews with celebrities reminiscing about their favorite moments with him.
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