Rent Billie (2019)

3.3 of 5 from 66 ratings
1h 37min
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Synopsis:
What if the most important story in your life was not your own? Billie Holiday, one of the greatest voices of all time, was always considered controversial: a black artist who was exploited; a volatile drug addict who achieved great heights; and a woman who stood firm while performing the seminal protest song Strange Fruit, making her an enemy of the state.
Bringing Billie Holiday to life in colour for the first time and drawing on nearly 200 hours of never-before-heard taped interviews with musicians like Count Basie and Tony Bennett, as well as friends, lovers, pimps and the FBI agents who were sent to hunt her down, 'Billie' is the definitive story of a jazz icon and of the journalist who died trying to tell it.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Barry Clark-Ewers
Writers:
James Erskine
Studio:
Altitude Film Distibution
Genres:
British Films, Documentary, Music & Musicals, New Releases, Special Interest
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/11/2020
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary from Director James Erskine
  • Additional Bonus Interviews

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Reviews (3) of Billie

Interesting documentary - Billie review by TH

Spoiler Alert
06/01/2021

I was interested to find out more about Billie Holiday and found this to be fairly interesting. Will this go down as a classic possibly not but anyone interested in a musical icon and music history will enjoy this.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Interesting documentary - Billie review by TH

Spoiler Alert
06/01/2021

I was interested to find out more about Billie Holiday and found this to be fairly interesting. Will this go down as a classic possibly not but anyone interested in a musical icon and music history will enjoy this.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A very poor quality documentary - Billie review by SC

Spoiler Alert
22/01/2021

This film is a documentary which I don't think was obvious from the description and is of very poor quality. It focuses largely on her personal life and the views of her biographerand others which were often critical and dispassionate - one person called her a psychopath, another a masochist!

Added to which the sound quality is very poor and the subtitles difficult to read.

It was good to see glimpses of her performing but I struggled to watch it.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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