The Zen of Bennett
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The Zen of Bennett is a seductive and soulful view into the mind of singer Tony Bennett as well as an intimate portrait of the artist’s creative process as he turns 85 years old. In a first person narrative, Tony reflects back over his 60 year career while looking ahead within the context of his latest recording project. We experience inspirational insights as Tony discusses his philosophies of life, lessons learned, and his passion for art and music. Artfully filmed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe, the documentary employs a voyeuristic approach while exploring and illustrating the isolation experienced by the artist in the midst of the whirlwind of activity that surrounds Tony during the recording. The film is a stylistic and compelling meditation of contradictions: memories & reality, crowded rooms & isolation, art & commerce, family & career, a golden age & a brave new world, the icon & the everyman.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The way Mr. Bennett talks is the way he sings. There is no subtext, only the song conveyed with knowledge, heart, a sophisticated sense of swing and a positive attitude.
Rotten: These elements leave the documentary hanging somewhere between a glorified making-of album promo and a more in-depth portrait of the artist.
Fresh: We see an art form bridge generations with a strange mixture of grace, joy and melancholy.
Fresh: Friendly doc offers plentiful guest stars but only one perspective on the singer's career.