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Friday, June 09, 2017

Jazz Festival - Film Spotlight. FILM: LADY SINGS THE BLUES

Diana Ross plays the magnificent but tragic song stylist Billie Holiday

Diana Ross plays the magnificent, tragic song stylist Billie Holiday, who while writhing in a strait jacket in a prison cell, awaiting sentencing on drug charges, reflects on her turbulent life.

Raped in her youth by a drunk (played by Adolph Caesar), then compelled to work as a domestic in a Harlem whorehouse, Holiday is encouraged to try for a singing career by the bordello's pianist (played by Richard Pryor).

She rises as high as it is possible to go in the white-dominated show business world of the 1930s, but can't handle the pressure and turns to narcotics.

The film takes several liberties with the life of "Lady Day".   Worth a look.  Check out Light House Theatre's Jazz film programme;

Screen times for :  FILM: LADY SINGS THE BLUES
Friday 9 June - 1:30pm
Saturday 10 June - 1:30pm
Sunday 11 June - 11:40am

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