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The Amazing Nina Simone (2015)

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Much beloved and often misunderstood, the story of America's most overlooked musical genius is finally brought to light in "The Amazing Nina Simone". Director Jeff L. Lieberman brings audiences on Nina's journey from the segregated South, through the worlds of classical music, jazz joints & international concert halls. Navigating through the twists & turns of the 1960's fight for racial equality, the film delves deep into Nina's artistry and intentions, answering long-held questions behind Nina's most beloved songs, bold style, controversial statements, and the reason she left America.

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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Nina Simone

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Was she driven to madness or driven by madness? There's no easy answer, of course, but it's a question worth more exploration.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

"The Amazing Nina Simone" tells its exhilarating but ultimately tragic story well, with captivating archival footage and insightful interviews, especially those with cultural historian Ruth Feldstein.

October 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The performance clips are woefully short, but even the few seconds meted out for each song provide ample evidence of her stylistic versatility and volcanic emotion.

October 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Few humans could survive these kinds of extremes without frequently suffering from mental disorders or collapses. And this, at the end of the day, is the point that is made by Amazing.

August 23, 2018 | Full Review…

As with Simone herself, there's more here to celebrate than regret.

June 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The woman born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933 North Carolina (she died in 2003) deserves better than this by-the-numbers documentary, written, directed and narrated by Jeff L. Lieberman.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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