Been Rich All My Life (2006)
Critic Consensus: The remarkable resilience, energy, strength, and charisma of these women captivate, and their experiences are a historical treasure.
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Critic Reviews for Been Rich All My Life
MacDonald seems less interested in the Silver Belles' past than their inspirational present. Eventually, the inevitable broken hips and dizzy spells take their toll, but those who remain seem determined to shuffle-step their way into the sunset.
[MacDonald's] subjects -- former black chorus girls from Harlem's golden age, when the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater ruled New York nightlife -- are utterly captivating.
It's a modest but highly enjoyable tribute.
Reminds us that every life contains many acts worth hearing about, not just a select few.
If you only watched the first half of Been Rich All My Life, you might walk away thinking it's a so-so documentary about another fascinating, underreported piece of Harlem history. And you'd be at least half right in that assessment.
Audience Reviews for Been Rich All My Life
An endearing look at some of the original Harlem showgirls, putting on a repertoire from their 1930s dance ensemble. Upllifting and fascinating look into the early half of the 19th Century entertainment business in NYC.
I wasn't too interested in the old footage and history. Watching the Silver Belles (80+ year old women) dance was pretty cool. Would have like to seen their entire performance.
Great documentary about the dancers of the 40's and the Harlem night clubs they worked out of.Mostly its about women who lived thru some of history's best and worst times and what great lives.Please listen to their stories we can learn so much from them and nothing lasts forever.
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