Join Beacon Hill Village member Joan Doucette for a small group discussion of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, a 2020 American drama film directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. Produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf, the film stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, with Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts in supporting roles.
The film, and its source play, have Ma Rainey as the title character, an influential blues singer. The title is the title of one of her songs. The dramatization is set in a recording studio in 1927 Chicago, and explores themes of artistic control, commercial exploitation, and systematic and sometimes violent racism.
The film was acclaimed by critics, who lauded the performances of Davis and Boseman, who sadly died while the film was in post-production.
The discussion will take place via Zoom on Monday, January 18 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to watch the film prior to joining the conversation. Available to stream on demand via Netflix here. You may read the New York Times film review here.
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