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"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 11:59 am
by NormanD
Upcoming. The trailer looks good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOQXZxriKY

A Netfilx pic - does that mean download only and no terrestial/cinema release?

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 2:36 am
by John Leeson
FWIW, it played this week in Toronto at the Hot Docs documentary festival.

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:28 am
by Garth Cartwright
Wow! I saw Nina only once - Bishopstock Blues Festival, her final UK performance (I think). She was dreadful - out of it and her voice ruined - but she must have been formidable in her prime. That said, I don't often listen to her, finding her a little mannered as a vocalist. Stil, I would like to see this film - her career was forged across incendiary times.

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 1:43 pm
by Adam Blake
I've often thought that Nina Simone should have married Miles Davis and raised a bunch of monstrous brats.

I know what you mean about mannered, Garth, but I can't help loving her. If for nothing else than the chuckle at 2:54 on this - the most romantic record ever made.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiVDzTT4CbE

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:26 am
by john poole
Nina's daughter Lisa was interviewed on R4's The Film Programme in connection with the documentary, which it appears Netflix subscribers can see from today
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zld8d

No sign of a DVD release at present, I assume that there will be one eventually. A couple of cinema screenings in Sheffield and at the Barbican appear to have already taken place.

There was recently a short BBC4 tribute with Laura Mvula which I'll have to have a look at while it is still available (only until 8 pm on Sunday)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... aura-mvula

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:01 pm
by Rob Hall
I think Netflix costs £5 per month. There is rarely anything on it worth watching, and I keep meaning to cancel the subscription, but this film made me glad that I didn't. Quite simply, there was no one like Nina Simone before and there's been no one since: as a talent, as a person, as a star. Her daughter's testimony features quite heavily in this film and it's her words that really gives us an insight into her mother. I've always been a fan but this film opens Nina Simone, the artist, up in ways that I wasn't aware of. At one point, in a clip from a live concert, the camera cuts to her face as as she sings the word 'pain', and she holds the camera with her eyes. The effect is stunning.

In years to come there will be a biopic, along the lines of 'Ray', or 'Walk The Line', but it won't be as good as this.

Highly recommended.

[Edit: I see now that the biopic is already planned: good luck to them.]

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:05 pm
by alister prince
I agree completely Rob. The doc didn't sensationalise (wasn't prurient) her mental health problems, and was all the better for it. Her personal history and the devastating effect of the American zeitgeist at the time were well described. Worth many a BBC4 repeat. Coincidentally I was listening to Young Gifted And Black a couple of hours ago. I've always been a great fan (I'm not worried about her vocal styling), but she was the one performer I would never go and see live. I just didn't want to witness one of her 'problem' gigs and possibly erode my fandom.
Aly

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:15 am
by Adam Blake
Fabulous documentary. Quite apart from the compulsiveness of the material, it allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions. The period footage is so well handled. Really very impressive.

A bit like Julie Burchill saying "without slavery there would have been no Tamla Motown", you can't help wondering what would have happened if Nina hadn't been turned down by the Curtis Institute in 1951...

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:55 am
by john poole
NormanD wrote:Upcoming. The trailer looks good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOQXZxriKY

A Netfilx pic - does that mean download only and no terrestial/cinema release?

There will be a Saturday afternoon screening at the NFT on the 13th next month in connection with the Oscar best documentary nomination.
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/defau ... s%20Simone

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:58 am
by john poole
The Alan Light book of the same name, which followed on from the film, was serialised on Radio 4 last week; a 4 Extra "omnibus" edition is now available -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08hrgfd
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/ ... ook-review

A DVD of Liz Garbus' film was made available last year.

Re: "What Happened, Miss Simone?"

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:03 pm
by NormanD
Certainly worth listening to. I'll look out for the book.

I found the last episode disappointing. The last years of her life (at least in the digested radio episode form) were compacted into a few minutes, and the story felt incomplete.