Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Real Art Ways

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Starring Oscar winner Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman.

99% on Rotten Tomatoes

Four black stars in a row –  Associated Press

Four black stars in a row – Boston Globe

Four black stars in a row – Washington Post

“It goes without saying [Chadwick Boseman’s] performance is brilliant, and yes, electric, but it’s also heroic. If there had to be a final role, what a gift that it was this, an exclamation point to a career that seems ever more momentous.” – Associated Press

“There aren’t enough words to describe just how breathtaking Davis’s performance is as Ma Rainey.” – Washington Post

“transcendent…” –

Viola Davis’ Ma bursts through the screen and confinements of Rainey’s era, standing tall and vibrant in each buttery frame of the film.” – NBC News

Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey (Davis), her ambitious horn player (Boseman), and the white management determined to control the legendary “Mother of the Blues.” Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play.

Viola Davis dancing on stage in a blue dress in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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