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Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For

Charlotte Zwerin


USA, 1999, 90 min., docu
director and screenwriter – Charlotte Zwerin
producers – Karen Bernstein and Charlotte Zwerin
camera – Vic Losick
editor – Bernadine Colish
монтаж – Бернадин Колиш
An EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT production
intl. sales – WNET/PBS
nominations
Nomination for “Grammy” for music film
with:
Ray Brown Jr., Oscar Peterson, Andre Previn and the voice of Tony Bennett

 


Her first dream was to be a dancer. Growing up in New York, she was inspired by “Snake Hips” Tucker, studying his serpentine moves. Then, one fateful night at the Apollo Theater in 1934, the headlining Edwards Sisters brought down the house with their dancing. Amateur Hour began immediately after, and a 16-year-old Ella Fitzgerald stepped on stage, but was too intimidated to dance. Instead, she sang “Judy,” silenced the awestruck crowd, and won first prize. It was the beginning of one of the most celebrated careers in music history.

After her early success at the Apollo, and as a popular performer at a number of other amateur venues, Fitzgerald was invited to join Chick Webb’s band. Within a short while she was the star attraction, and had made a number hits including her trademark “A-tisket, A-tasket” (1938). After Webb’s death in 1939, Fitzgerald led the band for three years.

During her time with Webb’s band, Fitzgerald recorded with a number of other musicians, including Benny Goodman. By the time she began her solo career in the mid-1940s, she was a well-respected figure throughout the music industry. Her vibrant and energetic voice showed an exceptional range and control. Performing with “Jazz at the Philharmonic,” her popularity grew beyond the music world. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she was rivaled only by Frank Sinatra, her recordings of work by Cole Porter, Ira and George Gershwin, and Rogers and Hart were incredibly successful.

Her true genius, however, was not formal innovation or deeper expression, but artistic renderings of the enthusiastic songs of her time. “I’m very shy, and I shy away from people,” Ella once said. “But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling. I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.” More than anything, it is this love of performing that won her the hearts of millions throughout the world.

Screenings:
Friday, 17 November 2017, 18:15, Odeon
Sunday, 19 November 2017, 18:30, Cinema house
Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 18:00, Euro Cinema
Sunday, 26 November 2017, 11:30, Lumiere Lidl
Thursday, 30 November 2017, 18:00, G 8

Ticket Centre at National Palace of Culture, Sofia, 1, "Bulgaria" Square
Phones: (+359 2) 916 63 00; (+359 2) 916 64 00
Working time:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 20:30 h
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 to 20:00 ч.

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