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Drummers Rehearse Until It Hurts

Hardly any other movie demonstrated this as emphatically as Whiplash from 2014. The title was the program because the movie thrives on the psycho duo of the two protagonists. Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons carry the story with their outstanding acting. Whiplash tells of a young drummer who wants to advance under the guidance of a dreaded teacher. But the beginning of the career turns out to be more challenging than expected.

The movie surprised audiences and critics alike. It was a great success from the start. First, it won both the audience award and the jury award at the famous Sundance film festival. A year later, Whiplash finally moved into the limelight. The small, independently financed flick received five nominations for the Oscar. It was in the running for the best movie of the year. Also, J. K. Simmons received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In the end, the actor of an almost demonically acting music teacher won the coveted award. A long story of suffering came to a successful future.

From Short Movie To Full Length

Director Damien Chazelle initially ran into walls with his project. Nobody wanted to finance their movie idea. So he decided to take an unusual route. Chazelle first made a short movie from the material. That served as a reference for the investors. They recognized the potential and financed a full-length movie, after all. Whiplash has undoubtedly become a masterpiece that redefined the genre. Responsible for this was the captivating staging and the outstanding performance of the two main actors. After countless duels, their complicated relationship is heading towards a grand finale that is second to none. In the last few minutes, the director proves how you can stage breathtaking tension with just a drum solo. The incredible soundtrack contributes to the fact that Whiplash is not only an event for music fans.

At the centre of the story stays a 19-year-old jazz drummer, Andrew. He wants to get into the big band of the legendary lecturer Terence Fletcher. When he does this, his goal seems to be within reach. But far from it. Fletcher is a tyrant as he is in the book. He demands uncompromising submission from his students. Perfection is his goal, and the teacher wants to achieve this by all means. He demands superhuman things from his musicians. That breaks numerous musicians who cannot withstand the pressure. Andrew is also about to give up several times.

But he does not let himself get down and holds against it. Exertions lead to personal problems. After an initial escalation between teacher and student, the movie is heading for its finale. In a critical music competition, there is a first-class duel on the open stage. The viewer can feel the lashes on his own body. The musicians strive for absolute perfection and subordinate everything else to this goal. The chamber play, which mostly takes place in the rehearsal room and on the stage, develops a tremendous pull that nobody can escape.