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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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Lucille
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John Hammond
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Viola
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Richard
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William 'Pa' Rainey
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Clarence
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Langston Hughes
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Sharkish Man
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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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Ma Rainey: Remember what I told you about the blues? If you're not risking nothing, neither would they.
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Muscle Shoal Blues
Written by George Washington Thomas Jr. (as George W. Thomas, Jr.)
Performed by Peter Yarin
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Acting/Production A+ But Just Disappointing
19 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Great performances and cinematography but just disappointing it just did not capture me. That's no criticism of the performances they were great.....it just misses the mark.

Firstly make your own mind up but for me knowing a bit about her life story it seems to lack any emotion. There's a coldness to it, kind of this happened then this happened. In one scene where Bessie faces her sister it seems just flashed through. Considering the history between them it should have been a much more powerful moment. The movie does not draw the viewer in. In my opinion it lacks any depth.

I guess the script writing is what's wrong but am no expert it just misses the mark. Great performance by QL. Not something I would think about watching again.


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