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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017)

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3/4Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis' vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions trying to stay relevant; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority.

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Critic Reviews for Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

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"I've Gotta Be Me" showcases Davis's vast talents, but it also shines a light on his need for acceptance, his inability to curb indulgences, the groundbreaking aspects of his career and his hunger for applause.

February 2, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[Sam] Pollard tell Davis' tale with sympathy and performance clips that convey the breadth of his talent.

October 26, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Consistently describes an ambitious talent always reaching for the top, but also a man plagued by insecurity, who remained sadly unsure of his own value.

September 10, 2017 | Full Review…

A documentary about the first black man to sleep in the White House - no, not Obama - but rather Sammy Davis Jr. A simultaneous chronicle of a turbulent era, and memory lane excursion through the complex and complicated life of the entertainment legend.

December 29, 2017 | Full Review…

A good documentary will prompt a deep dive into the work of the film's subject, and Pollard's film definitely qualifies.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Pollard's mix of history, activism and storytelling keep you riveted and angry at the career that might have been.

November 13, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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