Adapted from playwright August Wilson’s celebrated play, director George C. Wolfe’s MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM features an iconic cast that includes Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo – and was recognized in the year of its release with an AFI AWARD, naming it among the most outstanding motion pictures of year. According to the official rationale, “MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM is at once a soaring tribute to owning your voice and a searing step back in time to expose the challenges of driving change in America. This symphony of genius begins with the musical words of August Wilson and is expanded from stage to screen by the incomparable George C. Wolfe, whose eye for detail and the many shades of humanity create an opus as explosive as it is entertaining. As the ‘Mother of the Blues,’ Viola Davis etches her name in granite as a true national treasure, and this film stands apart as a must-feel experience to know the power and poetry of Chadwick Boseman.”
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