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The United States vs. Billie Holiday

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33 minutes ago, trane_fanatic said:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8521718/

Has anyone else seen this Hulu film? It is a bit of a mess direction wise, but R&B singer Audra Day does a fine job as Lady Day,. 

Agreed, Audra Day was very good, but the film had a number of problems.  

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The film is a mess, and her performance is a mess too. And the sex scenes are EMBARRASSING.

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 "And the sex scenes are EMBARRASSING."

Was Roy Harte a consultant?

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I have not seen the movie, and probably won't as the reviews are poor. The day Andra Day got her award I had the urge to write a very modest "hommage" to share my love of Billie Holiday on another site I'm a member of (audio stuff). What a singer! 

https://audiophilestyle.com/blogs/entry/806-lady-day/

Edited by hopkins

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1 hour ago, Larry Kart said:

 "And the sex scenes are EMBARRASSING."

Was Roy Harte a consultant?

The percussionist?  What's the reference?

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3 hours ago, trane_fanatic said:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8521718/

Has anyone else seen this Hulu film? It is a bit of a mess direction wise, but R&B singer Audra Day does a fine job as Lady Day,. 

Whoops, Andra, not Audra.

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48 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

The percussionist?  What's the reference?

They were a couple at one point, and Harte later on volunteered much detail about Lady Day's sexual tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just now, Larry Kart said:

They were a couple at one point, and Harte later on volunteered much detail about Lady Day's sexual tastes.

OK, thanks.  Didn't know that!

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Harte was one of the ones interviewed by Kuehl in the research that serves as the basis for this film. (I have not yet seen the film).

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19 minutes ago, jazzbo said:

Harte was one of the ones interviewed by Kuehl in the research that serves as the basis for this film. (I have not yet seen the film).

That's good to know. I also haven't seen it but have it marked up.

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It could well be that Billie was a bit on the wild side, but there is no reason an actress should be asked to debase herself to replicate this part of Billie's life. It is one of the things that prompted me to give up on film as an art form, films have become soft core or even hardcore porn films.

In a Lubitsch film, when a couple is about to do the deed, they draw the curtains. That's all we need to see. That was art.

Edited by bertrand

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