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  • Interviewer: So I have to ask you this. The scene where one of your followers gave up his life...
  • James: Yes, Charlie. Beautifully done.
  • Interviewer: That whole sequence was the most beautiful...
  • James: And yet.
  • Interviewer: And almost borderline erotic the way it slowly unfolded...
  • James: And yet...
  • Interviewer: What was it like filming something like that?
  • James: Well we wanted to make it operatic. We wanted to /make/ it borderline erotic. We wanted to make it all those very complicated things and that man has felt that that was the way he wanted to express himself, you know. And it's not, you know what, it's not that far fetched.
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Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong in New Orleans directed by Arthur Lubin, 1947

New Orleans is a 1947 musical drama featuring Billie Holiday as a singing maid and Louis Armstrong as a band-leader; supporting players Holiday and Armstrong perform together and portray a couple becoming romantically involved. During one song, Armstrong’s character introduces the members of his band, a virtual who’s who of classic jazz greats, including trombonist Kid Ory, drummer Zutty Singleton, clarinetist Barney Bigard, guitar player Bud Scott, bassist George “Red” Callender, pianist Charlie Beal, and pianist Meade Lux Lewis. Also performing in the film is cornetist Mutt Carey and bandleader Woody Herman.