BILLIE (2020)

  • Documentary, Music
  • 1h 43m

Saturday, October 17 at 3:00pm
This film will be viewable for 24 hours from showtime above.

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The extraordinary jazz singer, Billie Holiday, was only 44 when she died, her body ravaged from years of hard living and drug abuse. In the 1970’s, Linda Lipnack Kuehl, a journalist and devoted Billie Holiday fan, began recording more than 200 hours of interviews in order to write the definitive book about the legendary singer known as Lady Day. But Kuehl died in 1979, from an apparent suicide, leaving behind an unfinished manuscript and boxes of audio cassettes. These tapes are heard for the first time in this riveting documentary from director James Erskine. There are interviews with the singer’s family, friends, lovers, colleagues, musical greats Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Charles Mingus and Sylvia Syms – and even the FBI agents who kept Billie under surveillance. Their recollections and insights, combined with archival footage, stills, and mesmerizing performance clips, including “Strange Fruit”, a song based on a poem about lynching, provide an unforgettable portrait of the incomparable Lady Day.

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