Everyone knows Ella Fitzgerald was the ‘Queen of Jazz’, but few know how she achieved legendary status. “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.
Moving beyond a conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career. Featuring interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Norma Miller, and Jamie Cullum, who said “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.
Here is an Ella the world never knew – tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”.
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Director | Leslie Woodhead
Running Time | 90 minutes
Production Country | USA, UK
Release Year | 2019
Language | English
**Photo credit Larry C. Morris.