Film Review - What Happened, Miss Simone?

Reads: 189  | Likes: 0  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 0

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic


Film Review by Allen Henriquez

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Documentary on Nina Simone, a Genius

Director: Liz Garbus

The spectacular singer, composer, and piano player was born in America. Nina Simone studied classical piano. Nina born in Tryon, North Carolina, as Eunice Waymon. Eunice Waymon’s goal was to be a classical pianist.

Nina Simone catapulted into the limelight, moved to New York and married Andrew Stroud a New York police officer in 1961, who retired and became her manager. Nina played Carnegie Hall in 1963, and from Carnegie she exploded, and was extremely popular and successful, but she was after a time angry and tired. Nina became depressed and was abused by her husband, she wanted to have a lighter schedule, and getting clear from him was necessary.

In the 60’s America was in great unrest, and this motivated Nina to express condemnation for racial injustice. Nina protested and marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.  April 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. is killed. Nina did a concert tribute and in the song’s lyrics said “The King of Love is Dead.”

Nina Simone left America, divorced her husband, and moved to Liberia. The couple had a daughter, Lisa, but after a time the daughter-mother relationship wasn’t functional.

1976 Nina Simone did a concert in Montreux, and the genius: that was and is, this great artist, and captured on film, was her return to the stage; after eight years.

The French Loved, and still Love Nina Simone, America must and will remember this dynamo.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

 


Submitted: June 10, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Allen Henriquez. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:


Facebook Comments