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Tommy Flanagan in Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

1988 PG-13

Madness and genius are often inexplicably intertwined, as was the case with brilliant jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, who spent his last years living as a virtual hermit. Straight, No Chaser's archival footage only hints at the madness to come. Interviews with Monk's family and collaborators complement footage shot in 1968 for German television in this music-filled portrait of talent and torment.