Sundance Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?
“Sometimes I sound like gravel and sometimes I sound like coffee and cream,” Nina Simone remarks of her signature husky tenor at one point in Liz Garbus’ documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
And it is that voice, spoken and sung, which guides us through Garbus’ meticulously researched, tough-love portrait of the brilliant but troubled folk/jazz/soul diva, drawing on a vast archive of audio interviews, diary pages and performance footage...
"Prepare To Be Amazed All Over Again By The Gloriously Singular Nina Simone?"
Reviewing from the Sundance Film Festival, Mike Hogan says the upcoming Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? perfectly captures the eccentric, unique artist, far better than any archival YouTube deep dive could.
There’s an amazing moment in director Liz Garbus’s upcoming Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? where Al Schackman, Simone’s guitarist and friend of 42 years, remembers his shock at seeing her her walk up to Martin Luther King Jr. and declare, “I’m not nonviolent.”