Chet Baker :: Let’s Get Lost

A jazz standard, written by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Frank Loesser.The song was first performed in 1943 by Mary Martin and was included in the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky.

Let’s Get Lost used as the title for Bruce Weber’s  1988 academy award – nominated documentary about the life of Chet Baker.   Beautifully photographed by later-acclaimed director/cinematographer Jeff Preiss, Let’s Get Lost is a beautiful and poignant portrait of Chet Baker;

“Let’s Get Lost begins near the end of Baker’s life, on the beaches of Santa Monica, and ends at the Cannes Film Festival. Weber uses these moments in the present as bookends to the historic footage contained in the bulk of the film. The documentation ranges from vintage photographs by William Claxton in 1953 to appearances on The Steve Allen Show and kitschy, low budget Italian films Baker did for quick money.

A group of Baker fans, ranging from ex-associates to ex-wives and children, talk about the man. Weber’s film traces the man’s career from the 1950s, playing with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and Russ Freeman, to the 1980s, when his heroin addiction and domestic indifference kept him in Europe. By juxtaposing these two decades, Weber presents a sharp contrast between the younger, handsome Baker — the statuesque idol who resembled a mix of James Dean and Jack Kerouac — to what he became, “a seamy looking drugstore cowboy-cum-derelict”, as J. Hoberman put it in his Village Voice review.” -wikipedia, let’s get lost (film)

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