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Lady Sings the Blues Movie Review Summary

Actors: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Willams, Richard Pryror

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Diana Ross's gives a dramatic performance as the late great jazz singer; Bille Holliday. The movie first starts outwith Bille at one of the lowest period point in her life; being reinstated in a mental institution in a strait jacket. Moments later flashbacks of the tragic singer's life is shown. At the age of 15 years old, Billie worked as a housemaid at a brothel. It was at this place where a drunken man hitted on her but rejected his advances. She was followed home from work by the drunk but unfortunately he sexually assualted her. Despite this incindent Holliday continued working at brothel until she met the Piano Man whom was a pianst (and later her bandmate), which encouraged her to try out for a signing career after hearing her beautiful voice. Things seem to look up for Holliday as she played in a club as a carabet singer. While watching the singer perform, Louis McKay (soon to be manager then husband) told her he would lead her to success. Success she gotten as she was one of the greatest singers of her time, but all the pressure and racism she endured were overwhelming which led her to drugs.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   singer Druggie/drunk problems?    -   drugs Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   singer/musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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