August 25, 2010
Director: Dan Pritzker
MPAA Rating: R
Screenwriters: Dan Pritzker, Derick Martini, Steven Martini, David Rothschild
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Shanti Lowry, Anthony Coleman
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: Louisthemovie.com
A silent film about Louis Armstrong as a young boy and how he acquired his first cornet. 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.