LADY DAY - The Many Faces of Billie Holiday
NTV Entertainment Limited, London
Total running time 60 min. - B & W / Color
With: Ruby Dee (reading Billie Holiday's words), Buck Clayton, Harry Sweets Edison, Milt Gabler, Carmen McRae, Albert Murray, Annie Ross, Mal Waldron.
Directed by: Matthew Seig
Written by: Robert O'Meally
WHAT THE LABEL READS:
This sparking documentary lets us see and hear the miracle that was Billie Holiday.
Featured are rare TV and movie clips, along with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and singers who knew her well.
Among those recalling Lady Day are the vocalist Carmen McRae and Annie Ross (who were inspired by here), fellow Count Basie alumni Buck Clayton and Harry Sweets Edison, and Billie's last accompanist, pianist Mal Waldron.
Award winning actress Ruby Dee reads from Holiday's autobiography Lady Sings The Blues
This film program puts Billie Holiday's often anguished life into perspective: as this program proves, she was a victim and a fighter. Above all, she was a genius of a jazz singer, as can be seen in performance clips of such Holiday standards as Strange Fruit, What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, Fine And Mellow and others.
Discover the many faces of this irresistable woman, This 'dark lady of the sonnets'; experience the power of her transcendent art.