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      Billie

      Released Dec 4, 2020 1 hr. 36 min. Documentary Music Biography TRAILER for Billie: Trailer 1 List
      97% 36 Reviews Tomatometer 76% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score In 1971, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie Holiday. Over 8 years, she tracked down and tape-recorded over 200 hours of interviews with the extraordinary characters that populated the iconic singer's short, tumultuous life. However, Linda's book was never finished and the tapes never heard -- until now. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 02 Buy Now

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      A rich and engaging portrait of the famed musician, Billie puts a spotlight on a story that goes beyond the conventional artist profile.

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      dave d Hubby and Wife date afternoon brings us, 'Billie', a documentary about Billie Holiday. The feature is based around interviews recorded on audio cassettes through the 1970s by Linda Lipnack Kuehl, researching a book on Holiday that was never completed. Those never heard before stories give us a thorough portrait of Holiday. Your mileage will vary based on how much audio you can take, but it's put together in a way that makes this a visually satisfying experience. The film tries to intertwine the story of the journalist and that doesn't always work. It's fairly sloppy to insinuate a murder took place without the least shred of proof. Final Score: Hubby 7.5 Wife: 5.7 Average: 6.6/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest retelling of Billie Holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review len s Great if you're a fan of Billie Holliday. Nice footage and interviews with her contemporaries. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Danny E Amazingly well put together documentary. I have always loved Billie Holiday. Despite her dying decades before I was born, she speaks to me. And, this documentary told so much more of her story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/12/20 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lidija Haas The New Republic The thrill of the documentary is in hearing the voices of key players in Holiday's story and their competing versions of events. Mar 2, 2021 Full Review Noel Murray Los Angeles Times "Billie" isn't just about the stories we tell about great artists. It's also about why we tell them - and whether we can ever really get them right. Dec 4, 2020 Full Review Robert Daniels RogerEbert.com Erskine's Billie is an honest memorial to the rich talent, and the arresting traumas that made the voice of a generation. Rated: 3.5/4 Dec 4, 2020 Full Review Victoria Luxford City AM As much as the film is a testament to Holidays life, it is also a tribute to the passion one writer had in getting to know the real Lady. Rated: 4/5 Feb 26, 2022 Full Review Milana Vujkov Lola On Film The brilliance of this duality, the two tales documenting Holiday, of the artist and of the biographer, the telling of the singularity that was Billie through [a] mirror. Rated: 5/5 Jul 31, 2021 Full Review Jordan Bassett NME (New Musical Express) This loving portrait sheds little new light on the star, but is compelling nonetheless... Rated: 4/5 Apr 22, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In 1971, journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie Holiday. Over 8 years, she tracked down and tape-recorded over 200 hours of interviews with the extraordinary characters that populated the iconic singer's short, tumultuous life. However, Linda's book was never finished and the tapes never heard -- until now.
      Director
      James Erskine
      Executive Producer
      Will Clarke, Sophia Dilley, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall
      Screenwriter
      James Erskine
      Distributor
      Greenwich Entertainment
      Production Co
      Polygram Entertainment, Altitude Film Entertainment, New Black Films, Concord Films, Reliance Entertainment Productions 8
      Genre
      Documentary, Music, Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 4, 2020, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 4, 2020
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