Rio Lobotomy

Andre Hodeir, the French music critic, once wrote an essay entitled "Why Do They Age So Badly?" on the all…

Andre Hodeir, the French music critic, once wrote an essay entitled “Why Do They Age So Badly?” on the all but universal artistic decline of good and even great veteran jazzmen. The title invites, even demands, appropriation for a piece on film directors. For, with something like the invariability Hodeir noted, good and even very good directors seem, like jazz musicians, to do their best work first. The difference is that a Lester Young or Roy Eldridge haven’t the benefit of a corps of “critics” armed with “theories” to hail their later lapses from creativity as “maturity,” and pay tribute to their “authorship” and ability to produce “personal” works.

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Rio Lobotomy

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