WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

US 2015, D Liz Garbus, C Igor Martinovic, Rachel Morrison, Ronan Killeen, E Joshua L. Pearson, S Tony Volante, P Amy Hobby, Liz Garbus, Justin Wilkes, Jayson Jackson, Cast Nina Simone, Print b/w and colour, Blu-ray, 116 min, English OV with German SUB, Netflix

A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse, and Black Power icon, Nina Simone is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative, and least understood artists of our time. On stage, she was known for utterly free, rapturous performances, earning her the epithet "High Priestess of Soul." But amid the violent, day-to-day fight for civil rights, she struggled to reconcile artistic ambition with her fierce devotion to a movement. Director Liz Garbus sensitively explores the constant state of opposition that trapped and tortured Simone - as a classical pianist pigeonholed in jazz, as a professional boxed in by family life, as a black woman in racist America—and in so doing, reveals a towering figure transcending categorization and her times. (Catalogue Sundance Film Festival, 2015).

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Acronyms
amer. American English
b/w Black and white
OV Original version
SUB Subtitles
+SUB electronic live subtitling (below the image)
INT Intertitles
Countries
AT Austria
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (historic)
BLR Belarus
DE Germany
CAN Canada
GDR German Democratic Republic (historic)
EGY Egypt
FR France
GB Great Britain
URY Uruguay
BRA Brasil
SWE Sweden
UKR Ukraine
PL Poland
IDN Indonesia
PRT Portugal
HRV Croatia
ECU Ecuador
HUN Hungary
AUS Australia
IT Italy
MEX Mexico
IND India
Richard Dyer

Richard Dyer has an MA in French from St Andrews and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Birmingham. In addition to posts in British universities, he has taught and lectured widely internationally. He organised the first season of lesbian and gay films in 1997 at the National Film Theatre in London. His books include Stars, Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society, Now You See It, White, The Culture of Queers, Pastiche, In the Space of a Song, Lethal Repetition and La dolce vita.

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