Tuesday, March 7, 2017

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Director: Liz Garbus

Stars: Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite

On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing.

This is one of the best biography documentaries that I have seen. They looked deep into her life to show the audience how this amazing woman was created to be the legend that she became. You get to see the good and the bad of her life, and what she did to stir up controversy.

We see inside her personal life. Her marriage that gave birth to her daughter. The work with equal rights that push her over the top at times. The songs that she wrote that have stood the test of time, and that are still being played in commercials today. Even the down side of her substance abuse problems. This woman weathered the storms of an ever changing life and the world around her.

This is a great documentary that needs to be seen by all. If you know of her work, then you need to see this movie. You get to know more about her than you thought was necessary. It is well worth watching. I highly recommend watching this documentary. Enjoy.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Trailer

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