A Fruit For The Crows To Pluck

at | 7 Replies

Coming soon.

‘The United States Vs Billie Holliday’

Andy Pipkin writes:

I hope some of your readers might find this new movie (released in February) of interest, it’s about one of the most unique and greatest vocalist ever and the tough life she had.

The first trailer explores the tragic story of singer Billie Holiday, the racial inequalities of 1940s America and her encounters with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

The jazz singer, portrayed by Andra Day, (whom I’m tipping for an Oscar) came under fire by the agency after performing the song “Strange Fruit” which condemns the U.S. history of lynching Black people.

The film, directed by Lee Daniels, focuses on Holiday’s dealings with federal agents, who allegedly began to target her due to her alcohol and drug abuse. Their behavior, however, was based more on her political sway with “Strange Fruit” than her actual struggles, according to NPR. An FBI memo even acknowledged that the Federal Bureau of Narcotics hoped to discredit people like her through their use of narcotics…

The United States Vs Billie Holliday

 

7 thoughts on “A Fruit For The Crows To Pluck

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Really looking forward to see this… hopefully in the cinema because there’s no comparison between watching films on tv and on a huge screen. Support your local fleapit when it reopens, cos there’s a danger that they won’t last too much longer if we don’t.

    Reply
    1. Redundant Proofreaders Society

      +1.

      Billie Holiday was a legend.

      We’re not optimistic though about cinemas re-opening this side of Paddy’s Day.

      Reply
  2. scottser

    i booked tickets to nick cave’s idiot prayer in the lighthouse before the last level 5 kicked in and didn’t get to see it. I’ve also been waiting to see the scratch for the last year and a bit. i’d give me right arm for a night out and a few pints at this stage..

    Reply
  3. Junkface

    This looks really good, I love Billie Holiday. The harrowing stories that these artists went through is always compelling viewing, also because the music is so good. The Netflix one about Sam Cooke was also great, same goes for the Nina Simone film.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!