The Amazing Nina Simone (2015)
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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.
"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.
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.
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.
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