Jazz is My Religion

Gerard Wessel Long documentary - 2006 - 80 min.

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'I've had a happy childhood. Do I have a problem, doctor?' Poet and speed freak Jules Deelder stands in front of his parental home, where he was taken in a stylish convertible. Between his legs, a drum kit has been set up. Even when Deelder's hands have nothing to do, jazzy drum sounds are heard. 'Actually, I think I'm still having a happy childhood', the master narrator, smartly dressed as ever, adds in a mumble. Director Gerard Wessel alternates these stylised images in grainy black-and-white of Deelder 'on the road' with more intimate conversations in colour. By taking Deelder's passion for jazz as a vantage point and introducing his sister and colleague friends like Simon Vinkenoog and Bart Chabot, Wessel succeeds in bringing this elusive man a bit closer. Obviously, the films brims with jazz music and has a dynamic, almost musical editing.


Director(s) Gerard Wessel
Producer(s) Gerard Wessel
Production Company Yellow Butterfly Films
Director of Photography
Sjoerd Hulsegge
Sound Design
Sound on Set
Boudewijn van den Bosch
Bram Meindersma
Peter Smit Sibinga
Production Country