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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

2020, drama, music

94 minutes

Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.

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7.7

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15+

Country

United States

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9.0

2020-12-19

The beauty of the film is not only in its thoughtfulness or concept that provides food for thought. The costume and cinematography provide high contrast of an era with its black and white shades as well as the vivid colors that make it beautiful and scary at the same time. Read more

8.8

2020-12-23

The film is a true actor’s showcase and Boseman is on a glide path to win the first posthumous acting Oscar since Heath Ledger. Read more

8.5

2020-12-26

Although it is difficult to escape the fact that this story was made for the stage, George C. Wolfe’s ensemble drama about gatekeeping, ownership, and exploitation is nevertheless engrossing and upsetting. Read more

8.0

2020-12-08

This is an elegant, artful salute to great art, and a sobering reminder of a shameful legacy marked by exploitation and appropriation. And it is thanks to a collection of great artists that Ma Rainey comes to the screen with all of its joy and pain intact. Read more

8.0

2020-12-16

The roles are superlative platforms for their genius. Just as we keep repeating, the music is secondary. Read more

7.0

2020-12-30

The characters reveal to be meaningful as they express ingrained thoughts and narrate disturbing stories, both personal and unconfirmed. Almost in counterpoint, the film swings unabashedly at the sound of jazz while capturing the atmosphere of that specific time. Read more

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