Summer Repeat: Bessie (2015)


The Frock Flicks team is taking a little time off for a summer break, so we’re repeating some favorite posts from the archives.



This HBO biopic movie tells a rather familiar Behind the Music-style tale of “Empress of the Blues” singer Bessie Smith’s life. But, while the narrative may be a touch formulaic with the ‘overcoming traumatic childhood, becoming a big star, gaining everything, losing it all, staging a comeback’ pattern, an excellent performance by Queen Latifah as Bessie makes this film utterly entrancing.


Bessie (2015)

Bessie (2015)


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  1. M.E. Lawrence

    Q.L. has always had a neat comic touch, but her acting progress is just impressive.