Director Anne Wheeler's most famous and honoured film is a delicate, upbeat and unapologetic World War II romance set to the music of a Prairie swing band. When her husband
Director Anne Wheeler’s most famous and honoured film is a delicate, upbeat and unapologetic World War II romance set to the music of a Prairie swing band. When her husband is transferred to Singapore, Daisy (Rebecca Jenkins) is deposited back home in Alberta with their two kids and an old piano. In need of work, Daisy starts playing with a local dance band. Photographed by Vic Sarin, this is an evocative, finely tuned romance.
“Bye Bye Blues has the tone and texture of a dreamy pop ballad from World War II spun out over nearly two hours… [Cinematographer] Vic Sarin’s lingering shots of Canadian sunsets and golden prairies connect the lonely beauty of the land with the spirit of its inhabitants; they also greatly enhance the film’s idealized vision of an era that, in the filmmaker’s nostalgic eye, emerges as purer and nobler than the one in which we live.” — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
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