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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


“Mother of the Blues” Ma Rainey joins her band in Chicago in 1927 for a tension-filled recording session, where egos clash, racial tensions flare, and childhood flashbacks haunt. Adapted from August Wilson’s Tony-nominated play.

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From the Watercooler:

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom showcases the depth of the talents of its two leads, Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, rendered all the more powerful by Boseman’s untimely death soon after the film was finished. While the film and its story may not surprise, it is a pleasure to witness. Read More

From Moira Macdonald at The Seattle Times:

It’s also a celebration of language — Wilson’s glorious storytelling is given its due by this masterful ensemble cast, who weave colorful tapestries with his words — and of music’s transformative power. Full Review

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