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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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Carl Van Vechten
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John Hammond
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Jack Gee
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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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Langston Hughes
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Detroit Theater Manager
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Frank Walker
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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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Mo'Nique was offered the role of Viola, but she refused because she had played that type of character before. Reading the script, she liked Ma Rainey and asked HBO if it was possible to play that character. See more »

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Bessie Smith: No yellow bitch in my show!
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Work House Blues
Written by Ted Wallace
Performed by Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah Performs Courtesy of Flavor Unit Records
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it is a typical life of a rich star
25 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Very traumatic. But it is a typical life of a rich star. Hard childhood, rich life, ends up with nothing. Only emotions and a lot of experience. Nothing new. I still loved it because of the acting. Latifah is my long time loved actress and it was new to see her like this. Seeing my favorite actress forming a char like this tells me she thought it is worth to make it. We can learn from it. I prefer films with a lot emotions or actions. It has both. There was only one scene where I wanted to speed up things but it was worth to watch it. And the music and singing is a great collection they really make the the movie feels like back in time. The only thing I miss: I could not get to know the other characters. They could have made the movie a bit longer with more scenes with other people's life. But my final words: loved it! It is a real romantic movie. And I do not mean because of the relationships but because of the events too.


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