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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (2020)

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Director Leslie Woodhead's documentary is a profile of Ella Fitzgerald. It charts the beginning of the legendary jazz singer's long-lived career and documents how her virtuosic singing helped her to overcome sexism, racism, and sizeism in her time. It features archival performance footage and interviews with Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Smokey Robinson, Andre Previn, and Ella's son, Ray Brown Jr.

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Critic Reviews for Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

The inventiveness and virtuosity will dazzle you, but the depth and eloquence of her rendition of "Summertime" will stir your soul.

June 30, 2020 | Full Review…

A jazz movie whose dominant mode - amid valiant efforts to mine some personal sorrow - is actual musical joy? We'll take it.

June 27, 2020 | Full Review…

This rote biographical portrait never lives up to her voice.

June 25, 2020 | Full Review…

The best thing about "Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things," other than the music, is the way it evokes an era and reminds us that its subject was one of the great voices of the 20th century.

June 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An insightful portrait drawn with warmth and a touch of swing.

June 24, 2020 | Full Review…

This documentary beautifully shows that [Ella Fitzgerald's] greatest accomplishment is how she paved the way for so many other artists and created a legacy that will continue to influence countless generations.

July 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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