Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a 2020 American drama film directed by George C. Wolfe. The film starring Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Michael Potts in the leading roles.
This film Produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, Dany Wolf, Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Based on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson. The film music composed by Branford Marsalis, Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler and Edited work done by Andrew Mondshein.
Dike is a conversation trainer who is as ambitious and fast as he is fast. He was mature enough to learn more, but young enough to believe he could avoid the consequences of his actions.
Levee has higher goals than her current job as a member of the support group Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). He wants to compose existing songs and compose his own music, which seems encouraging to Sturdyvant (Jonny Coyne), the director of the recording session.
In each of these three scenes, Ma Rainey’s film Black Bottom shows what it’s all about. They are blacks who have recently emerged from the shadows of their past and learned to live a life of dignity.
It’s about the power of art and the importance of preserving creative integrity. And it is also the pressure of the whole community and of the system it runs to destroy itself.
It’s a shame that screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson feels like a collection of plays, no matter how hard he tries, whether it’s a moving conversation about God, history and childhood wounds, or the tragedy of action.
Three supposedly was breathing on stage, but strangely artificial on screen. Sterling’s music, production designs and costumes from Branford Marsalis, Mark Ricker and Ann Roth add to the sleek ensemble, but it’s the show that wins the day.
Davis’s whole body is the canvas that has been worked on for years. They both sing in the shadows and then fight for the spotlight. Covered in glowing sweat, it exploded like liquid lava. But when you sing ‘Belly’ and you hit yourself over there, ‘Davis talks about joy, Davis talks about disobedience, Davis talks about life, the other three qualities that are inseparable from blues music. If you don’t. You You’re not on the screen. If he could change things, he could keep it on the screen longer.
The racist turmoil of the early 20th century was shattered from the perspective of blues history. The recording studio here serves as a sanctuary from outside racist fanaticism and more dangerous within a diorama.
The vertical structure of the work shows where the characters fit in the social hierarchy. Upstairs is the control room, which houses the White Makers, Agent Ma Rainey Irvin (Jeremy Shamos) and Producer Sturdyvant (Jonny Coyne).
This film neither exaggerates nor minimizes racist tensions. Instead, as a group of black men wander the streets of Chicago or walk into a shop full of whites, the director skillfully mimics them in calm, awkward scenes. Black Bottom Ma Rainey hit the audience with a hard blow when they least expected it. There is no speech in this scene, but the awkwardness and discomfort is there.