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Lady Day : the many faces of Billie Holiday

Author: Toby ByronMatthew SeigRobert G O'MeallyRichard SaylorRuby DeeAll authors
Publisher: [Paris, France] : Medici Arts ; [Berlin, Germany] : Distributed by EuroArts Music International GmbH, [2009]
Series: Masters of American music series.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Limited edView all editions and formats
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"The Many Faces of Billie Holiday invites viewers to see the many faces of this 'dark lady of the sonnets', as one poet called her, and to appreciate her undying art more deeply. Most presentations feature Lady Day as the sad victim of hard times and drugs. The simple fact of her life that matters above all others is that she was a great artist who, with Louis Armstrong, invented modern jazz singing. Mining a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Biographical films
Biography
Nonfiction films
Named Person: Billie Holiday; Billie Holiday
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Toby Byron; Matthew Seig; Robert G O'Meally; Richard Saylor; Ruby Dee; Carmen McRae; Annie Ross; Buck Clayton; Harry Edison; Mal Waldron; Milt Gabler; Albert Murray; Billie Holiday; Louis Armstrong; Benny Goodman; Lester Young; Ben Webster; Artie Shaw; Bessie Smith; David Langston Smyrl; Medici Arts (Firm); EuroArts Music International GmbH.
OCLC Number: 535270985
Language Note: English with optional French and German subtitles.
Notes: Originally broadcast on television in 1990.
"Newly digitally remastered"--Container.
Also published as a book by Robert O'Meally.
Credits: Editor, Susan Peehl ; director of photography, Herb Forsberg.
Performer(s): With Ruby Dee, Carmen McRae, Annie Ross, Buck Clayton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Mal Waldron, Milt Gabler, Albert Murray and others; performances by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Artie Shaw, Bessie Smith, and many others.
Narrator: David Smyrl.
Awards: Cable ACE Award: Best documentary cultural or performing arts special, 1994.
Description: 1 videodisc (59 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, region 0 (all regions), 4:3 aspect ratio; PCM mono. 2.0.
Contents: Opening (:48) --
Raw genius (7:04) --
Growing up in Baltimore (7:09) --
Swingin' Lady Day (8:29) --
Strange fruit (10:43) --
Swing street (11:26) --
An influential life (12:18) --
Credits (:55).
Series Title: Masters of American music series.
Other Titles: Many faces of Billie Holiday
Responsibility: a co-production of Toby Byron/Multiprises in association with Taurus Film, Munich and VideoArts Japan ; directed by Matthew Seig ; written by Robert O'Meally ; produced by Toby Byron and Richard Saylor.

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"The Many Faces of Billie Holiday invites viewers to see the many faces of this 'dark lady of the sonnets', as one poet called her, and to appreciate her undying art more deeply. Most presentations feature Lady Day as the sad victim of hard times and drugs. The simple fact of her life that matters above all others is that she was a great artist who, with Louis Armstrong, invented modern jazz singing. Mining a treasure trove of completely new information, the producers set the record straight -- and beautifully. In a voice that is Billie-like in its rasping wiseness and its ring, stage and screen star Ruby Dee read from Holiday's autobiography Lady Sings the Blues."--Back of container.

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