The United States vs Billie Holiday
Original title: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Tagline: Her voice would not be silenced.
Duration: 2h 10min
Production: Lee Daniels Entertainment
Original language: en
Release date: 2021-04-15
Director: Lee Daniels
Actors: Andra Day, Garrett Hedlund, Trevante Rhodes
DVD Covers, 2021, Biography, Drama, Music
The United States vs Billie Holiday 2021 DVD Cover Movie Plot Summary
The United States vs Billie Holiday 2021 DVD Cover. The famous Billie Holiday, one of the best jazz singers of all time, spent most of her career being adored by audiences around the world.
All while the Federal Department of Drugs pursued her in an undercover sting operation headed by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a turbulent affair.
Inspired by her life story, The United States vs Billie Holiday 2021 DVD Cover intimately explores her battles with alcohol, fame and tragic love.
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” directed by Lee Daniels and written by Suzan Lori-Parks, is a film about a genius artist and heroin abuser who appears more interested in the pornographically exact details of the abuse (and the self-damage that sometimes comes with it, such as alcoholism, self-destructive/abusive relationships, and sexually compulsive behavior) than in the art.
You won’t be disappointed if you watched the film on Hulu, the film’s first online site, expecting to see doppelgängers of Holiday and her bandmates, lovers, and hangers-on tying together and firing up, often with closeups of needles going into arms (and, in one case, blood spurting from an injection hole).
If you want to see men beating up on each other over women, men beating up on women, Black people selling out and manipulating other Black people for clout or money, and a slew of cardboard cutout white authority figures tormenting the Black characters, this is the film for you.
The film’s poker-faced Caucasoid sadists (led by Garrett Hedlund’s Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the United States Treasury Department’s Bureau of Narcotics, an ardent bigot who thought jazz was jungle music and a corrupting influence on whites) don’t so much incarnate the ugliness of white supremacy in mid-century America as send audiences heels to boo.
Anslinger also makes a point of appearing in person at key points in the torture story he’s written for Holiday, as a revenge for continuing to sing her anti-lynching ballad “Strange Fruit” after being told not to. Holiday’s cabaret license was revoked after a cocaine raid, and she was targeted again in a later bust focused on planted drugs, according to biographers.
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