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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Documentary | 2018 | NR. 1hr 55min
Closed Captioning CAST: Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly & Robbie DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes TUESDAY FILM SERIES

This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones's bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence--Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes's documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of "Slave to the Rhythm," "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Love is the Drug," and more. Jones herself has said watching the film "will be like seeing me almost naked" and, indeed, Fiennes's treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.

The film, which opens with Jones tearing up the house as she sings behind gaudy funeral masks, gradually strips away the artifice and lets her identity emerge fully formed.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
If you desire a female empowering musical manifesto with both claws and kisses, here it is.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
The film goes into some fascinating places, serving as social commentary and a valuable lesson on being an assertive woman in the music business.
Courtney Howard, Fresh Fiction
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