I've just finished watching "It's Black Entertainment" on cable TV in
Australia and I'm surprised that there aren't more comments on IMDb
considering that this brilliant documentary was made in 2002. Has it
not been widely distributed? The format is fairly conventional, on
"That's Entertainment" lines with a presenter (the beautiful Vanessa
Williams sitting in the stalls), talking heads and film clips but it's
the content that's the thing.
Beginning with the great Sammy Davis who could sing, dance, act, and do
impersonations (not fair, is it?) we are treated to a marvelous parade
of talent from Bessie Smith through Louis Armstrong, Paul Robeson,
Aretha Franklin and so,so many others up to today's (well 2002's)
Of course I'd like to have seen more of just about everybody,
especially Fats Waller "supreme master of stride piano", the gorgeous
Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge, and on and on I could go but I hope
you get the idea.
I'd like the commentators identified as even the credits weren't very
helpful, the IMDb listings are much more comprehensive. No problem
picking out Little Richard with his "Look at me" squeals but that's a
very minor quibble. Please see "It's Black Entertainment" as soon as
you get the chance.
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