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Bessie (2015)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, Music | TV Movie 16 May 2015
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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Jack Gee
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Lucille
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Carl Van Vechten
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Viola
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John Hammond
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William 'Pa' Rainey
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Richard
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Clarence
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Ma's Main Girl
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The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

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The Queen brings Bessie back to life.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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В блюзе только Бесси  »

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Oddly, the film does not deal with the controversial death of Bessie Smith. See more »

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Bessie Smith: I ain't playing second to nobody!
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Lost Your Head Blues
Written by Bessie Smith
Performed by Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah Performs Courtesy of Flavor Unit Records
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A Basket Full of Emmys
18 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

The camera has a love affair with Queen Latifah from beginning to end in this tour de force, a performance that may have been worthy of an Oscar, let alone the Emmy she is destined to receive. The movie was co-executive produced by the late Richard Zanuck, based on a story by the late Oscar winning screenwriter Horton Foote, and their posthumous talent is impressively displayed at every level.

The screenplay was smart enough not to try and convert the audience to liking the blues, which is always an acquired taste, instead focusing on the intense drama that was this woman's personal life, from childhood traumas (i.e. being chased by her older sister with a knife), to lesbian love affairs as a grown woman. Thanks mainly to Queen Latifah's amazing performance, a basketful of Emmys should be in the future for this bold and seriously worthy TV drama.


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