Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendaryJazz singer, Billie Holiday. [imdb]

Nominated for 5 Oscars:
Best Actress: Diana Ross
Best Original Screenplay
Best Music, Original Song Score and/or Adaptation
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
The longest, dullest film you could imagine. The camera is always on Diana Ross (visibly lacking acting experience), but to what good? Her acting decisions are mostly poor, taken to extremes by the poor directing choices and a mess of a screenplay.
There are some songs that are ok, but they can't make up for the unfocused, uncharismatic biopic this is.

My rating for the film: 3.5/10. Whatever.

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