The Zen of Bennett

Director Unjoo Moon
United States / 85 min. / 2012 / English

Zen is the word. A master class: anecdotes, advice and mediation on life and art. The album of duets by the great master crooner provides an excuse to ponder about music, and do things well. Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones and others take notes. 


Zen is the word. "Poise" would be another. "Genius and figure" is the phrase on everyone's mind. We're talking about a masterclass, nothing more, nothing less: the album of duets by the Italian-American master crooner provides the perfect excuse to muse over music and doing things right. Notes are taken during collaborations with the beaky-nosed octogenarian, and vocal chords shared, with Amy Winehouse (shortly before her death, and humble before the maestro), Norah Jones, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, and even Lady Gaga (who, in contrast to Winehouse, is anything but modest). Even trickier still: Bennett takes a plane to Italy, because he gets the urge to record with the tenor, Andrea Bocelli. But these duets aren't wheeled out before royal audiences: Bennett shines here with show business raconteur and proves himself a Dalai Lama of the trade. We see him delighted to share anecdotes, advice and mediation on the past, life and art, war and peace, and grace and virtue, with anyone. As Bill Evans imparted on his death-bed: "always look for the truth and the beauty." If this is what the old school is all about, it's a mighty fine school. 


Showing format

in festivals
Tribeca Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Andrea Bocelli, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Norah Jones

Wyatt Smith, Katie McQuerrey


Sound designer
Tony Volante

Film company
Benedetto Films

Film distributor
Media Push Entertainment

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