Bessie

Synopsis: The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
Director(s): Dee Rees
Production: Zanuck Company
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 23 wins & 45 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
TV-MA
Year:
2015
132 min
36 Views

( indistinct singing

echoing )

( gasping )

- ( muffled applause )

- Woman:
We love you, Bessie!

Man:

We love you, Bessie!

( chatter )

- Hey, Bessie...

- ( cheering continues )

- ( chatter )

- Woman:
I love you!

I love you so much!

- Bessie!

- I love you so much!

( woman whispers )

Bessie...

( voices echoing )

Man:

I love you, Bessie!

That was amazing!

( door creaking )

Hello?

Girl:

Mommy!

Where are you?!

( crying )

Where's my mama?

Mommy!

I want her back!

I want my mama back!

Where did she go?

- Woman:
Mama ain't

here to save you now.

- ( crying continues )

Woman:

Your mama dead.

- Girl:
Where's my mama?!

- Woman:
It's your fault

Mama dead.

- Bessie.

- Girl:
Where are you, Mom?

Where are you?

Woman #2:

Bessie!

( crying continues )

- ( music playing )

- ( crowd cheering )

( overlapping voices )

You ain't part of the act.

- Whoo!

- Excuse me!

Excuse me!

Excuse me!

I gotta get downstairs!

I gotta be changing!

Man:

Come on back here and put on

a good show for me tonight.

Woman:

I gotta change first.

Get on outta the way, Leroy!

Leroy:

Tape. Let's roll tape...

( Bessie laughing )

Man #2:

Ooh, yeah, girl.

( both laughing )

- ( man #2 moans )

- ( kissing )

( Bessie moans )

Come here, girl.

- Oh, yeah.

- ( both moaning )

Ah, yeah.

- Yeah.

- You like that?

- Ooh.

- Yeah.

Oh, that's nice.

Just let me

put it in.

No, I think

it's just fine

where it is.

Oh, come on, baby.

Just a little bit.

No, pap--

( cries out )

Man #2:

It's gonna feel

real good to you.

- ( Bessie grunts )

- ( gasping, groaning )

Don't mean I don't wanna

mess around a little bit.

- I just didn't

wanna do all of that.

- ( distant applause )

- ( thuds )

- Come on, now.

It's just getting

good to me.

- ( thuds )

- ( man groans )

What the hell

happened to you?

- Clarence?

- I told you

be here 9, 9:
30.

- What time is it?

- 11:
00, hell!

Come on,

go, go, go!

Wait, wait, wait.

Give me this.

( music playing )

Here, put this

on your head.

Put that on

right now.

There you go.

Come on, let's go.

Come on, now.

That's good.

Just...

( crowd cheering,

whistling )

Woke up this morning

When chickens was crowing

for days...

( overlapping voices )

Get her off the stage!

- Good Lord!

- Just let her sing anyway.

- Looked on the right

side of my pillow...

- Get off the stage!

- ( jeering continues )

- My man had gone away...

( overlapping voices )

I don't wanna hear this, man.

Go back inside.

Oh, come on.

Just let the girl sing!

By his pillow

He left a note

Reading,

"I'm sorry, Jane

You got my goat

No time to marry

- No time

to settle down"...

- ( crowd chattering )

- Get what everybody else gets.

- Well, we ain't everybody else.

No, no, no.

You said $5, sir.

A little something extra

for me and my sister.

A dollar's good enough

and a dollar's what

you'll take.

$2, sir,

for the both of us?

- For a week's work?

- That's the deal.

( birds chirping )

( woman humming )

( humming continues )

Woman:

Can you see her this time?

- ( kissing ) Hmm?

- ( coins clink )

( kisses )

You had a good week,

at least.

I know washwomen

who make more.

Don't be that way.

Well, I'm tellin' ya,

Mama ain't satisfied.

I'm gonna quit the 81.

You not.

Not if it means

quitting you.

( moans )

- ( knocking on door )

- ( giggling )

Woman #2:

Bessie, you come

out of there right now!

I told you about having

all those men in the room.

Ain't no mens here,

Miss Taylor!

- ( both laughing )

- Just us ladies, ma'am.

( giggling )

Bessie:

Go on and take her her board.

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Dee Rees

Diandrea "Dee" Rees (born February 7, 1977) is an American screenwriter and director. She is known for her feature films Pariah (2011), Bessie (2015), and Mudbound (2017). The latter was adapted from the 2008 novel by the same name by Hillary Jordan and earned Rees an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Rees has also written and directed episodes for television series including Empire, When We Rise, and Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams. more…

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