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What Happened, Miss Simone? [DVD]

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  • Directors: Liz Garbus
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sept. 2016
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01IG8AP66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Liz Garbus directs this documentary examining the life and music of legendary American singer Nina Simone. Considered by peers to be one of the most influential vocalists of her time, Simone entertained audiences across America with her ability to sample a variety of musical styles including jazz, gospel and blues. Also a renowned civil rights activist, Simone recorded a number of protest songs throughout her long career. Featuring rare live performance footage and archive interviews, the film also includes insight from the likes of Stanley Crouch and Dick Gregory.

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One of the best music documentaries I have ever seen . Some of the clips were - to use an overdone word - stunning . A true artist - shown here to be full of flaws , but brilliant . Highly recommended .
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A long overdue look at the life of Nina Simone through the eyes of those around her and with her own voice thanks to tape recordings and previously unseen film. Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning, What Happened Miss Simone? tries to put the life of a famously difficult artist into perspective, starting with the racism she experienced as a child and her failure to get into her selected college. To make ends meet she chose a pseudonym to earn money as a bar room pianist so her family wouldn't find out - a world away from her classical training which she incorporated into her own recordings. It was at this point she was forced to sing, simply because this is what the job demanded.

The film examines her relationship with her husband, who became her manager and her child, executive producer of the film Lisa Simone Kelly who both frequently appear on camera. However what makes this documentary stand out aren't just the usual talking heads moving the story on, it's the access to Simone's own handwritten diaries in which she lays bare her feelings - nothing is spared. Rare, previously unseen footage including home movies add background, but the interviews really add a dimension as you hear the tale in Nina's own voice. A well put together film, always watchable, unavoidably skimming over the move to Africa then Europe as she ran away from her relationship and fame, with her increasing political militancy causing difficulties getting bookings particularly on television.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I will definitelywatch this over and over again 18 Jan. 2017
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I will definitely watch this over and over again, money well spent, If real talent is something you are interested in than this is the one for you, No fake talent show or people waiting to hit a high note to impress you and themselves, she's the real thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dcumrntary! 18 Feb. 2017
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This disk is much better than the movie. After i saw the movie, i didnt like this lady. I watched this dvd and grew to admire her. The movie with Thandie Newton is insulting and empty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Icon / Civil-Rights Activist 21 Feb. 2017
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An excellent documentary on one of the most important, yet relatively little-known, musical artists, as well as Civil Rights' activists, of the last 75 years.
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