Part of Music City Mondays.
Bruce Weber’s gift for gorgeous black and white photography made him famous, and as a filmmaker, he found the perfect subject in jazz icon Chet Baker, a remarkably photogenic figure. Through archival footage, we sample Baker’s early career, a television appearance, a jazz festival gig, and a couple commercial films—and sprinkled throughout are spot-on reminiscences from friends, family and fellow musicians. But the film’s true poignancy lies in the contemporary footage of Baker as he plays, sings, and almost sleep-walks through life as seen from early footage of his honeyed voice and James Dean-like visage to the weathered voice and cratered face Weber would shoot in what would be the final year of Baker’s life.
“The enduring fascination of LET’S GET LOST, the reason it remains powerful even now, when every value it represents is gone, is that it’s among the few movies that deal with the mysterious, complicated emotional transactions involved in the creation of pop culture...Mr. Baker isn’t so much the subject of this picture as its pretext: He’s the front man for Mr. Weber’s meditations on image making and its discontents.” —Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times