Photographer Bruce Weber’s Let’s Get Lost documents the life and music of legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Weber’s images always present Baker as an icon of male beauty, yet the film poignantly juxtaposes Baker in his prime – effortlessly setting the benchmark for cool – with Baker towards the end of his troubled life when his addictions had taken their toll. Intercutting footage of recording sessions, performances and film clips with interviews from Baker’s friends and family, Weber gives us a fascinating portrait of the “James Dean of Jazz”.
“A fan letter, a film noir, a study in self-deprecation… This is simply the finest jazz documentary ever made.” Empire
“[…] shot in a liquid black-and-white, we are lost in a monotonal, gorgeously shot reverie about Chet Baker, the jazz trumpeter whose alabaster-smooth, pretty face and plaintive tones broke hearts.” Desson Thomson, The Washington Post
“Let’s Get Lost delivers its subject in full; at first you think that subject is Baker, but ultimately you realize it’s grace itself, in the throes of a gorgeous death.” Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out (New York)
Oscar 1989 nomination
– Best Documentary (Bruce Weber, Nan Bush)
Sundance Film Festival 1989 nomination
– Grand Jury Prize Documentary (Bruce Weber)