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Part of the seriesBRUCE WEBER

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(1988) "He was bad, he was trouble and he was beautiful…" a James Dean look-alike pretty boy whose jazz trumpeting and melancholy crooning epitomized 50s cool. But when Bruce Weber finally caught up with him after three decades of fandom, Chet Baker had become an alcoholic and junkie, those petulantly angelic looks peeping out from behind a gaunt, volleyed and crevassed face. We kind of find out how Baker got there, as Weber and crew follow him on a year-long trek on the road (shot by DP Jeff Preiss in a stark, brooding b&w), from the West Coast, to the East Coast, to Europe — including a stop at the Cannes Film Festival — interspersed with interviews with Chet, colleagues, friends, family, and old flames. Plus evocative montages of William Claxton’s iconic 50s portraits and rare performance footage. Preceded by Weber’s short The Teddy Boys of the Edwardian Drape Society (1996). Approx. 124 min. 35mm.



Let’s Get Lost isn’t primarily about Chet Baker the jazz musician; it’s about Chet Baker the love object, the fetish... the idealized essence of the man. And maybe because Weber, despite his lifelong fixation on this charmer, knew him only as a battered, treacherous wreck, Let’s Get Lost is one of the most suggestive (and unresolved) films ever made. It’s about love, but love with few illusions.”
– Pauline Kael.