Today, we watched and listened to “Stephane Grappelli: A Life in the
Jazz Century,” a two-DVD profile of the great jazz violinist, which was
completed shortly after Grappelli’s death in 1997.
This DVD set is excellent, using photographs and film footage to
encompass Grappelli’s 77-year musical career. It also features rare
film footage of the Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Together, these
two icons founded “Quintette du Hot Club de France,” in 1934. A part
of this film contains interviews with other violinists, including Yehudi Menuhin
and Nigel Kennedy, who were inspired by Grappelli and shared their
experiences working with him.
The second disc of “Stephane Grappelli: A Life in the Jazz Century”
has numerous archival film clips, a photo montage, and an 18-minute
“making of” sequence. This set deserves top marks.