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‘Soul,’ The imaginative ‘big before’ of our lives
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The movie Soul comes from Pixar Animation Studios (a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures) and was directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers. “The film was set to be theatrically released in November 2020, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic it was released to stream on Disney+ on December 25, 2020.” It had made its Italian debut on October 15, as the opening film of the 15th Rome Film Festival.

Let us start as the movie suggests by immersing ourselves in its music as in an ocean. The opening credits do not begin with the grand orchestration that Disney usually uses, but rather with an off-key, drawling melody that we quickly discover comes from the band of the school where Joe Gardner teaches. The pupils play without enthusiasm, but everything suddenly changes when Connie, a sweet little girl who plays the trombone at full blast, gets carried away in a solo and leaves everyone stunned.

Some of the kids laugh, and that’s when Joe makes them “feel” the story of his own vocation for jazz by playing beautifully on the school’s worn-out piano. “The jazz itself is almost like another character in the film,” says co-director Kemp Power. The music is by Jon Batiste who lends his long fingers to the animated scenes in which Joe plays the piano.
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