Archival performance footage and photographs along with commentary by jazz artists who knew her well puts Billie Holiday’s often anguished life into perspective. Ruby Dee reads from Holiday’s autobiography Lady Sings the Blues.
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Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie HolidayDirected byMatthew Seig
I think it's hard to do justice to the complexity of Holiday's life. Seig doesn't delve deeply into the socio-political, but the well chosen talking heads (inc. singers Carmen McRae, Annie Ross; musicians Buck Clayton, Sweets Edison; lit critic Albert Murray); judicious use of Lady's own words, and the fantastic and amazing full performances make this an incredible and indelible experience for fans and newbies alike.