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Louis film posterConsidering how loud, obvious and insulting to the intelligence the majority of films are nowadays, it's no surprise that some filmmakers want to hark back to simpler times.

Well, that's exactly what writer/director Dan Pritzker has done with his film Louis, a biopic of Jazz legend Louis Armstrong: it's silent, has title cards and will be accompanied at every screening by an ensemble of some of the greatest musicians in Jazz providing a live soundtrack. You can leave your 3D glasses at the door.

As you can tell from the trailer below, Louis is a beautiful looking film which, according to the press release, is "an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music." It's biggest star is Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley who plays a devious judge; he's clearly got the knack in acting like a silent film star, all wide eyes and waving arms.

Watch the trailer for Louis after the jump... Louis film posterConsidering how loud, obvious and insulting to the intelligence the majority of films are nowadays, it's no surprise that some filmmakers want to hark back to simpler times.

Well, that's exactly what writer/director Dan Pritzker has done with his film Louis, a biopic of Jazz legend Louis Armstrong: it's silent, has title cards and will be accompanied at every screening by an ensemble of some of the greatest musicians in Jazz providing a live soundtrack. You can leave your 3D glasses at the door.

As you can tell from the trailer below, Louis is a beautiful looking film which, according to the press release, is "an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music." It's biggest star is Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley who plays a devious judge; he's clearly got the knack in acting like a silent film star, all wide eyes and waving arms.

The live Jazz ensemble is headed by Wynton Marsalis, playing a mixture of his own compositions and those of 19th Century composer L.M.Gottschalk. As Marsalis says on the press release: "The idea of accompanying a silent film telling a mythical tale of a young Louis Armstrong was appealing to me. Of course, calling it a silent film is a misnomer - there will be plenty of music, and jazz is like a conversation between the players so there'll be no shortage of dialogue."

Unfortunately, as beautiful as this whole concept is, not that many people will actually get to experience the movie with live instrumentation as there are only a few performances booked and they're all in the US of A. Let's hope its assured success means it'll be coming to these shores too.

Watch the Louis trailer below and find out more at Louisthemovie.com: