Bessie (2015)

“Bessie” is a biographical drama film that premiered on HBO in 2015. It is directed by Dee Rees and stars Queen Latifah in the title role of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith.

The film chronicles the life and career of Bessie Smith, from her early years in poverty to her rise to fame as one of the most successful and influential blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. It also explores her personal life, including her relationships with men and women, as well as her struggles with alcoholism and racism.

“Bestie” received critical acclaim, with praise going to Queen Latifah’s powerful and nuanced performance as Bessie Smith. The film was also noted for its exceptional production design and cinematography, which captured the look and feel of the 1920s and 1930s. It was nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and won four, including Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie.

Duration: 115 min.

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