Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

United Kingdom | 2019 | 90 min. | Leslie Woodhead

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Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. Using never-before-seen images and unheard interviews, the film brings Ella Fitzgerald to life and tells the story of her music.

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Ella Fitzgerald broke new ground in American music, toppling racial and cultural barriers to become the Queen of Jazz. Travel back to 1930s Harlem, a time of bustling artistic expression, where Ella got her start at the legendary Apollo theatre, winning over crowds with the purity of her voice. Move through six decades of her distinguished career, kindled to life by scintillating performance footage, archival photographs and interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett and other giants of the genre. Infused with a soundtrack of Ella Fitzgerald's most enduring jazz, bebop and traditional standards, this joyful documentary venerates the voice that defined a century.

"An exhilarating and superbly filmed rags to riches tale of the supreme voice of jazz."—Paul Davies, Daily Express

"A study of a much loved but little understood musical icon that is touching but also very funny."—John Lewis, The Guardian

  • Director: Leslie Woodhead
  • Principal Cast: Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.
  • Country: United Kingdom, USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 90 min.
  • Producer: Reggie Nadelson
  • Cinematographers: Roger Chapman, Andrew Muggleton, Tim Sutton
  • Editors: Ian Meller
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English