Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

par Philippe  -  3 Février 2022, 13:13

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Feature movie, directing by : George C. Wolfe, writing credits : Ruben Santiago Hudson, music : Brandon Marsalis, cinematography : Tobias S. Schliessler, film editing : Andrew Mondshein, produced by : Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Escape Artists, Netflix, cast : Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, Michaël Potts, Taylor Page, Jonny Coyne, Jeremy Shamos, ..., 93mn, (2020).

 

Ma Rainey known as "the mother of blues" has during the two first decades of the 20th century played an important part in blues singing. The blues comes from slaves songs perform by African - American people in the United - States deep south translating the sorrow and the hard life. Ma Rainey sings blues but also rise it up with the band she has built. In 1923 she makes a deal with Parmount Records for recording a hundred songs with famous musicians like Louis Armstrong or Coleman Hawkins. The film director George C. Wolfe adapts a play dealing with this period of time underlining the way of making during a recording session. The diva (Viola Davis) wants to take her time but among the musicians the young and talented Lewe Greene (Chadwick Boseman) follows another purpose. He doesn't agree with the rules, try to seduce a girl names Dussie and gives a political meaning to the music he plays. The relationship between Ma and Lewe becomes to be very tough until the end of the movie. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" tributes a famous blues singer who stays as someone potent for Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday or Dinah Washington. It also remain us the actor Chadwick Boseman diseappers too early after his performance in "Black Panther" (2018).

Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and Lewe Greene (Chadwick Boseman).

Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and Lewe Greene (Chadwick Boseman).

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