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Monday, February 15, 2016

What Happened, Miss Simone? by Liz Garbus, 2015

with Nina Simone

Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy.

I only knew her music, which I really admire. This documentary gave light and life to all her songs, and the person she was, the struggles, the ambition, the journey, the fame, the rejection... It is so complete you feel overwhelmed by the extraordinary being she was, how she wasn't a woman of her time but a visionnaire, an outstanding artist, and somehow too ahead of her time to sometimes be understood. The documentary portrays her at her best at her worse, with very personal notes and footage, never judging, and leaves us with a feeling of sadness for all what she gave us, but all that she had to sacrifice. Shaking.


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