Documentary / Music

IMDb Rating 6.5


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96 min
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Reviewed by GormanBechard 1

This documentary on Billie Holiday, whom I consider to be the greatest singer of all time, is so badly constructed, it made me angry. I almost don't know where to begin. From the hideous colorization to the device of using the intended author of her bio to tell the story, to the focus on her addictions and bad choices in men OVER her music, this documentary fails on every account. It literally almost sluts shames her for her choices. And again, NO ONE CARES about the intended biographer. This was supposed to be Billie's story. Beyond all that, there are subtitles when we barely need them, and none when we so do. This is even worse than Lady Sings The Blues. Will someone please do this amazing talent justice! I make music documentaries. And I love the good ones. This might be the worst music doc I have ever seen. ARGH!!!

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Reviewed by gabriellekatz 4

Every bit of video or audio of or about Billie is amazing but this docu is so oddly and awkwardly put together with so much focus on this Jewish New Yorker woman who compiled many interviews and meant to write a bio but died before its completion. The amount of screen time spent either on billie's drug use or on this unknown writer woman made for one heck of a disappointing experience. More Billie!!!Not the least bit insightful and this writer's family must've insisted much (MUCH) of the film center on her. Which, when we're talking about Lady Day, is a criminal waste of opportunity. I wdve scored it lower except that I want to encourage more works about Billie Holiday - and if this film gets scored very low that might scare future projects away.

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Reviewed by giorgiozacharo 2

What is the deal with all these biographies trying to portray everyone as a saint? I wish this was a film focusing on her songs and what made her great instead of being a second rate gossip TV show about her personal life. Also what is the reason for putting a second storyline of her fan/biographer? The name of the documentary is Billie for a reason.

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