American Masters: Season 14, Episode 3

Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (8 Dec. 1999)

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Smooth as silk documentary.
28 January 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I grew up watching Ms. Fitzgerald in the glass-breaking Memorex commercials, which are shown in this DVD. Even then her voice was something to behold. This documentary captures Ella's golden era- before the various medical problems. The documentary itself is not perfect as it glosses over a few years and decades, and doesn't caption everything. But there are tons of clips showing concerts from Denmark, France, Germany, and the U.S., always stunning and always of a buoyant, incredibly shy woman, beautifully full of figure with a resonating, satin-like voice. (Check out the first torch ballad of "Lover Man" about three minutes into the DVD as the title comes on screen. A breathtaking piece.) There are also clips of the songs "Misty," "Summertime," and "Azure Mood" as well as interviews with Andre Previn, c. 1979-1980, and recollections from her band musicians. The TV show clips are what you really want to see: performances with Nat "King" Cole, Bing Crosby, Mel Torme', Dinah Shore and Joan Sutherland, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and probably the most memorable: a parry-and-thrust duet with Frank Sinatra on "The Lady Is A Tramp" from his own 1967 special. A nice time capsule of a timeless performer. Buy and watch.


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