The Long Night of LADY DAY
A TCB Releasing Ltd. production in cooperation with BBC-TV
Total running time 90 min. - B & W / Color
Directed by: John Jeremy
Research by: Jim Gilmore
Production by: Alan Yentob
A documentary screened on dutch tv (27 July 1990).
Description as found in the Motion Picture & Television Reading Room - The Guide to Jazz in Film Bibliography:
LC Off-Air Taping Collection
WNET New York, 1986.
Director: John Jeremy; Executive Producers: Susan Lacy, Angus Trowbridge; Producer: Alan Yentob.
Telecast: PBS, August 4, 1986.
90 mins., color, 3/4" videocassettes.
A profile of Billie Holiday combining reminiscences of her associates and friends (Leonard Feather, Milt Gabler, Milt Hinton, Artie Shaw, Sylvia Syms and Alice Vrbsky), mostly uncut performances and film excerpts of "Fine and Mellow" from the CBS television program The Seven Lively Arts. The Sound of Jazz (with Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster and Lester Young) and the 1934 Duke Ellington short, Symphony in Black. A clip of "Strange Fruit" closes in on Holiday's expressions and documents the "strange fruit, black bodies swinging from the poplar trees" to emphasize the meaning of the lyrics.