I'm going to repeat something I saw another user off IMDb say, "LOVED IT!!" I just saw this brand new biopic off HBO GO last night, and it's a winner! "Bessie" is an HBO TV film about legendary American blues singer Bessie Smith Queen Latifah , and focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues". Bessie Smith Queen Latifah became one of the most popular female recording artists of the 1920s and 1930s as a singer of blues and jazz. This biography follows her life from a young singer from Chattanooga, Tennessee <more>
to her success- as well as her trials and tribulations revolving around family, show business, and personal demons.There is a great scene in the film- *possible SPOILER* which Bessie sums up the difference between Southern and Northern racism. She says that Southerners don't mind how close you are, as long as you don't get too big- and Northerners don't mind how big you get, as long as you don't get too close. What a sad, but true, commentary on the racial divide, which this singer- and her music- made big strides to over-come, that benefit African-American recording artists to this day I think. And as for Latifah's performance- performer, artist, bi-sexual lover, African-American woman, abused child, addict, etc... let's just say this is the performance of her career no doubt- and watch out at Emmy and Golden Globe-time this coming awards season... Michael K. Williams "Boardwalk Empire" , Khandi Alexander, Monique and Oliver Platt co- star. And wow!-I saw a writing credit attributed to- Horton Foote!- which I checked out at Wikipedia. Apparently he was involved at a time Columbia Pictures was going to produce this movie way back when in the '80s I think..??- before the Zanucks 2 of the films' executive producers took this project over in the early '90s.
GIMME A PIGFOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER (by nogodnomasters)
This is an HBO film based on the real life of blues singer Bessie Smith Queen Latifah . The film basically starts when she is an adult, forcing her way into the travel show of Ma Rainey Mo'Nique . Going on her own, the film highlights her many ups and downs, including bad relationships and love for alcohol.The costumes, props and performances were excellent.Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity.