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487 Ratings

Let's Get Lost

Directed by Bruce Weber
United States, 1988
Documentary, Musical, Biography


Documenting the life of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, through interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers, and archive footage from the 1950s and from the musician’s last years. Directed renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber.

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Let's Get Lost Directed by Bruce Weber

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1988 | Winner: Cinecritica Award

1989 | Winner: Critics' Prize

Academy Awards

1989 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Features

Critics reviews

The film is comprised of recent takes of Baker in the studio, and with friends (notably––?––Flea), alongside old footage of the Steve Allen show and other enigmatic performances. The friendly anecdotes and weary insight from ex-friends and -lovers provide a beautiful catharsis from Baker’s volatile life, which ended months before the movie’s premiere.
August 05, 2015
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By this time, the youthful Baker had already established a reputation as a jazz trumpeter of some promise, and later in the same review, Williams concedes that as an improvising musician, he has a “fragile, melodic talent” that is “his own,” even if he “has hardly explored it.” The same strictures might apply to Let’s Get Lost, Bruce Weber’s spellbinding (if simpleminded) black-and-white documentary about the life, times, and last days of Chet Baker.
July 21, 1989
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