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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

July 3, 2020

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Watch Ella Fitzgerald. $12 for a 3-day rental. Captioning available.

Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across 5 decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and her life. Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career, featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Bennett, Andre Previn, Jamie Callum, Norma Miller and more.

“An exhilarating and superbly filmed rags to riches tale of the supreme voice of jazz.” — Daily Express