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Directed by Larry Weinstein

Canada 2015 85 mins. In English

From Adolphe Sax’s workshop of the 1840s to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, the saxophone was forbidden (even burned) by Nazis and Communists and banned by the Pope—but gradually conquered all music genres. Throughout its 175-year history the saxophone has been both the most seductive and most feared instrument. Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein illuminates and mythologizes the remarkable story of the saxophone, featuring its most legendary players as well as astonishing discoveries. The Devil’s Horn explores the sax’s longstanding curse that stemmed from the difficult life of its mad inventor and is still said to affect saxophonists who fall prey to the instrument’s dark powers. You will see saxophones—and saxophone players—in a whole new light.

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