Ella Fitzgerald : Just One Of Those Things
Ella: Just One of Those Things
was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the
Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those
Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice
transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into
The film uses
never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to
life and to tell the story of her music. - a black woman who makes her career
in the face of horrifying racism.
Here is an Ella
the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator.
The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it
explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle
to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic
life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star
in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest
woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons
it’s worth being on this planet”.
interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey
Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak
Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s
son, Ray Brown Jr.
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wHwKf4ivkY
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