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In Reply to: RE: Won't, but reading the (typically) fluffy blurb... posted by musetap on February 27, 2021 at 23:10:27
but a re-enactment of historical events with some poetic license. Truth is usually more fantastic than fiction.
It certainly capped my month long dive into black history month. What a plethora of material. It certainly changed my outlook on a lot (all the PBS series plus a few of these movies as well, taken altogether).
Thanks for the clip of Billie Holiday as it really does justice to her musical style more than the movie was capable of. This movie wasn't about music.
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The re-enactment thing is usually VERY unsuccessful.
It's not as if Billie Holiday didn't have enough demons dogging her in a
brief, extraordinary life without the government also partaking in the
Black artists in those years had to endure so much unnecessary pain from
the government, BEYOND typical society pains.
You familiar with NYC Cabaret Card B.S?
The body of music she left is almost unmatched in 20th Century (and beyond) art.
In the long run that is really all that matters.
IMO that clip is one of the most treasured seven minutes on film.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
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