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Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.
The Embodied: Bessie
Here at Queerty, we’re still reeling from the badassness of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and eagerly looking forward to another Oscar contender about a queer blues legend, The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Both movies remind us of another biopic about a gay blues legend: Bessie.
Lesbian director Dee Rees (Mudbound) directed this HBO film from a story by legendary playwright Horton Foote. Bessie chronicles the life of blues belter Bessie Smith, a woman whose abusive, orphaned upbringing would fuel her passionate vocals. As a young woman, Smith falls into the watchful protection of Ma Rainey (yes, the same Ma Rainey, played
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