Watch: What Happened, Miss Simone? 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – On stage Nina Simone was known for her utterly free, uninhibited musical expression, which enthralled audiences and attracted life-long fans. But amid the violent, haunting, and senseless day-to-day of the civil rights era in 1960s America, Simone struggled to reconcile her artistic identity and ambition with her devotion to a movement. Culled from hours of autobiographical tapes, this new film unveils the unmitigated ego of a brilliant artist and the absurdities of her time. At the height of her fame Simone walked away from her family, country, career and fans, to move to Liberia and give up performing. The story of her life leading up to that event poses the question, ‘how does royalty stomp around in the mud and still walk with grace?’.
Plot: The film chronicles Nina Simone’s journey from child piano prodigy to iconic musician and passionate activist, told in her own words.
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Moving and timely
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” pulls you right into the life of the little girl, Eunice Waymon, who becomes Nina Simone. Through skillful use of archival audio and film, interviews and other contextual materials, and clearly with a genuine appreciation and love for the subject, Liz Garbus has found the thread that strings all of this material together; the genius and passion of a driven artist. Hearing the familiar songs with their stories, and learning about Nina’s life journey, all somehow fits powerfully with contemporary racial issues in the US. This film can serve to educate, and inspire, as we continue to navigate the tortuous path to justice. Thank you for making this film, and bringing Nina Simone to even more people.
Extraordinary talent, fascinating film, Mississippi Goddam
This remarkable documentary about jazz great, civil rights auteur, brilliant, original musician, Nina Simone, explores her roots and route from being born Eunice Waymon in North Carolina, (1933 the Jim Crow era), to taking the musical scene and world of raw, unfettered activism by the goddams and blending them into a pallet beyond compare.
Hoah! And I thought the Amy Winehouse bio was captivating and difficult to watch.
What Happened, Miss Simone? is a bold, fierce piece fitting of the Patron Saint of the Rebellion, who trained to be the first black female classical pianist and dreamt of performing at Carnegie Hall. At her first recital, her parents were told to stand in the back because they were black. Little Eunice had none of that, and they were seated in the front row.
Nina’s peformances, naturally, are extraordinary, more so as they are woven within the context of her life story. Her rendition of ‘Mississippi Goddam’ is a highlight in this film, punched up by the well presented history of the 1960s civil rights movement. Nina made clear she was not non-violent, and was interested in achieving freedom and justice no matter what it took. Her rage was channeled into her music; she sang and played with passion to change this wild world.
Nina’s daughter Lisa, (grounded, articulate, and empathetic), serves as one of our guides through Nina’s life. Lisa’s admiration for her mother’s genius, hard work, courage, and sacrifice mingle with her painful recollections of being abandoned by her. After beatings by her husband, losing audiences because of her fierce devotion to singing only political songs, and erratic behavior of highs and lows, (later labeled bi-polar disorder), Nina left her young daughter and everything behind to seek liberty in Liberia.
The description of the bad effects of the psych medication Nina was put on were disturbing.
Nina was turned away from applying to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia due to racism; later and in her life, the Institute gave her an honorary degree.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Documentary, Biography, Music
Director Liz Garbus
Actors Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 6 wins & 19 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Camera Red Epic
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Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A