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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 22 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Jack Gee
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Carl Van Vechten
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John Hammond
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Viola
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Lucille
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Richard
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William 'Pa' Rainey
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Clarence
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Doreen Dupree
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Langston Hughes
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Swarm Boy #2
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Fania Van Vechten
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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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Queen Latifah's topless scene in front of the mirror shows her real breasts. A body double was not used. See more »

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Bessie Smith: No yellow bitch in my show!
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Written by Ma Rainey
Performed by Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah
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Well, i had very high expectations for this film after watching the trailer... but, it wasn't quite so. It actually was a good movie, but not what i expected. It could have been an epic, like La Mome or Ray, but it just missed that opportunity.

The story is somewhat incoherent, maybe it's the script, or just bad editing. There were some scenes that are short and take place in different times, so it becomes hard to follow and understand the story and the importance of those scenes. It's a little bit confusing at times and because of that the film loses flow. That is basically the one major flaw in this movie.

Apart from that, the actors did a great job, i've never seen Queen Latifah like this, she was wonderful. The music was great of course. The costumes, the set - beautiful.

In conclusion, i wouldn't call this a masterpiece, but it's not bad, i would recommend watching it on a Friday night with your loved one maybe. The plot is interesting, the music is wonderful, it sets that 20's mood and you'll have a great time for sure.


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