At 85, not only does Tony Bennett still have the smoothest pipes in the music business, he's got the kind of philosophy that has made him one of the most beloved and respected performers of the last six decades. Conceived, created, and produced by his son Danny Bennett with as much class and refinement as Tony himself, The Zen of Bennett is an insider's look at the icon as he records his latest duets collection.
Evincing Tony's multigenerational appeal, artists spanning from Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole to John Mayer and Lady Gaga show up in the studio to lay down swinging tracks and pay homage to the man himself. Tony even jets off to Italy for a duet with opera star Andrea Bocelli, and in the most bittersweet and poignant moment of the film, he charms a stinging vocal out of an achingly edgy Amy Winehouse not long before her death. Rarely do we see these kinds of larger-than-life stars at work behind the scenes, and like a fly on the wall director Unjoo Moon catches them all in their element with a simple yet stylishly graceful visual style.
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CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Unjoo Moon, Danny Bennett, and Unjoo Moon
Unjoo Moon worked at ABC TV as an on-air reporter and later a print journalist in Australia. She studied at the Australian Film Television & Radio School and the American Film Institute and has directed and produced many award-winning short films, including Flitters and Sorrow's Child.
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Andrea Bocelli, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood