The United States vs. Billie Holiday
The legendary chanteuse Billie Holiday sang Strange Fruit, a reason for the FBI to put her on a blacklist and make her life as difficult as possible.
‘Andra Day, who plays Holiday, is a canny and charismatic performer, and the film’s hectic narrative is punctuated with nightclub and concert-hall scenes that capture some of the singer’s magnetism. Rather than lip-sync the numbers, Day sings them in a voice that has some of Holiday’s signature breathy rasp and delicate lilt, and suggests her ability to move from whimsy to anguish and back in the space of a phrase.’—A.O. Scott, The New York Times