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Bessie (2015)

The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

IMDB: 721 Likes

  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 818.28M
  • Resolution: 1280*720 / 23.976fps
  • Language: English  
  • Run Time: 112
  • IMDB Rating: 7/10 
  • MPR: TV-MA
  • Peers/Seeds: 0 / 2

The Synopsis for Bessie (2015) 720p

The story of legendary blues performer, Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

The Director and Players for Bessie (2015) 720p

[Director]Dee Rees
[Role:Jack Gee]Michael K. Williams
[Role:John Hammond]Bryan Greenberg
[Role:Lucille]Tika Sumpter
[Role:Bessie Smith]Queen Latifah

The Reviews for Bessie (2015) 720p

Bessie Disconnects ***Reviewed byedwagreenVote: 7/10

Queen Latifah totally captured the soul of blues singer Bessie Smith, in this film biography of the legendary singer. The problem with the picture is the disconnection we see throughout. It is not clear regarding the circumstances of the death of Smith's mother, which she is blamed for. Even when Smith visits the cemetery years later, we don't see the monument of the mother. Latifah is excellent in the role. Her singing is tremendous and she comes across as a tough, vulgar, often drunk young woman who knew from an early age what she wanted out of life. Smith was brash, totally outspoken and not afraid of anything or anyone. We see this when she chased Klan members away while performing in North Carolina. She receives fine support from Monique as Ma Rainey. We see the latter give Smith pointers, only for the two to split when Smith wants more recognition. Years later, when the depression hits, they're suddenly reunited and this apparently opened doors for Bessie.

Definitely NOT "about the music"Reviewed byA_Different_DrummerVote: 7/10

The year was 1972 and the challenge for director Sidney J. Furie was how to translate the biography of Billie Holliday into something that had "bite" for the mainstream. He succeeded, in large part by his decision to make the story as much about the music as the personal travails of the famous singer. At the time it seemed the obvious choice. Yet, flash forward 43 years and today the team behind this project, faced with the exact same choice, took the road less travelled. It is not as if Queen L. does not have a set of pipes. After years of appearing in a string of "commodity" lifetime/lifestyle/X-mas movies -- in parts which leveraged off her infectious natural sweetness -- she stunned audiences worldwide with her performance of I KNOW WHERE I've BEEN in 2007. (For the record, how perfect was she in that performance?? This reviewer has that song in every mix he owns and never gets tired of it. Her performance was so flawless that she could have won IDOL on that single track alone.) This is a hard film to review. A lot of talent behind the camera, a lot of talent in front of the camera, and all of it hamstrung by the executive decision to downplay the music and focus on the strife. Larger than life people have larger than life problems. But we already knew that. Personally, I missed the tunes.

It's Tough Out There for a Biopic MakerReviewed bymukava991Vote: 5/10

A movie about some aspect of Bessie Smith's life is decades overdue, considering the broad cultural shadow she casts. A few episodes of her tumultuous life explored in depth would resonate, but like too many biopics, this one suffers from the creators' attempt to tell the whole story, or most it, and the results are mechanical, predictable and force-fitted into various agendas. Most biopic makers stumble upon these rocks. Their task is difficult. From the start of "Bessie" we are told five things over and over: Bessie was haunted throughout her life by memories of the mother she lost as a child. Bessie had lesbian dalliances. Bessie loved to drink straight gin, preferably right out of the bootlegger's glass jar. Bessie had a violent temper. Bessie was a fiercely independent, take-charge kind of gal. But the main thing about Bessie that is presented only sporadically and by rote is her distinctive singing and how it came to be that way. Queen Latifah, who would seem to be a fine choice for this role, does suggest Smith in girth and even in facial features, but despite a strong voice which she tries to adapt to the Smith groove, she never makes us feel the rafters rising as the Smith legend tells us. The only time she approaches the true Smith sound is near the end when hard living had begun to ravage her vocal chords. And in the early scenes Latifah, given her age and physicality, cannot possibly persuade us that she is a young, unformed artist-to-be. The attempt to demonstrate how she gradually upstaged her mentor, Ma Rainey (played to the hilt by Mo'Nique), is episodic and sketchy, not organic or dramatic; the same goes for the re-enactments of Smith's altercations with members of the high-toned Manhattan art scene in the 1920s and early 1930s. Some good substance is made of her volatile love affairs with men (Michael Kenneth Williams and Mike Epps). But her mid-career slump is presented as with no explanation or cause, other than perhaps the Great Depression. SPOILER ALERT: Her tragic death (a potential movie in itself) is entirely absent, as "Bessie" ends in mid-air, or mid- road, as we are left with her musings about where she will go next after a picnic with her former bootlegger. So, a point has been scored for Bessie Smith. It opens a conversation. But more is needed.

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