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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is a movie starring Grace Jones, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, and Jean-Paul Goude. Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover,...

Other Titles
Grace Jones, zyciodajne swiatlo, Amazing Grace, Grace Jones, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami - Das Leben einer Ikone, Ikonet Grace Jones, Grace Jones. La pantera del Pop, Grejs Džons, La vie en Grace Jones
Running Time
1 hours 55 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Biography, Music, Documentary
Sophie Fiennes
Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, Jean-Paul Goude, Grace Jones, Marjorie Jones
UK, Ireland
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out. The film includes Grace's unique performances singing iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams' Bloods and Hurricane. These personal songs also link to Grace's family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered. In Jamaican patois, 'Bloodlight' is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and 'Bami' means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones' public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman. The performance continues to move thematically though the film, with Love Is The Drug acting like an aria, bringing the film to its final and most touching scenes. This is a Grace we have not seen before, someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive.

Comments about biography «Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami» (5)

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Shirley H.

Although both Grace Jones (in Brazil, and in London) and Robert Johnson (in America) were pioneer singer and songwriters of their respective countries, neither of them have been well-known to a majority of the world, until now. How, this myth of two extraordinary women actually became legend, is the focus of this documentary, which we have prepared, and which we hope to show, in many countries, because this subject is very interesting and relevant. Just imagine, you are on the street, you have something to do, and you see two women standing in front of you, singing and talking. That is the context of this film, that a history of two women, who left their country of origin, and got in touch with America, and made that country famous. The docu-drama introduces us to the time and place of the women, their lives, and their music, and the story of how they managed to make their country famous, in an historical context. We get to hear the stories of the two women, and of their music, and the influence of their country on world music. It is a fascinating documentary, you will have a great time watching this, because it is well-made, very interesting, and a must-see. What more could you want from a docu-drama?

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I watched this documentary on YouTube and I am surprised how much it touched me. It's a story of a girl's struggle in a war torn country. She came from a distant place to be a guinea pig. Her son was killed by the dictator of the country, and she is now just a quiet girl. There's a lot of interviews with the people who came with her. Her family didn't really have a choice but to let her go to Guinea because there were no doctors to help her. The rebels, the government, the rebels, the rebels. It is really hard to watch what happens to these people. It was very brave of the girl to come with her family. She was the only one who was the courage to stand up and do something about it. It's a very hard documentary to watch, especially the interviews. I can't find the words to express how much it affected me. It's a touching documentary that shows how brave people can be when there is no choice.

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Eric M.

Grace Jones is a woman who in a very odd way is a cross between David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen. Born in Baghdad, she left in 1956, and never set foot on American soil again. Grace was killed in Baghdad when an RPG hit her convoy, and although she was severely wounded, she lived for three years in a Sunni-controlled area of Iraq. She didn't leave a note for anyone, except for one man who saved her from a falling land mine. She was never given an Islamic burial, and although she was survived by her mother, and a few old friends, she is not remembered in her homeland or any other Arab culture. She was married to a well-known journalist, but she is no more. This movie is, however, a fascinating look at the life of a woman whose life is irrevocably linked to her birthplace and what happened to her and the people around her. The director is making a very powerful point: the plight of women in Iraq was ignored by the West, and the entire region became a criminal mess. People had almost no civil rights, and it was a place where child marriages, adultery, and women's sexual freedom were very dangerous to women and children. It was a country where a woman was sexually assaulted every five minutes. It was a place where women were still virtually being forcibly married and only knew the word 'virgin' when the word 'bride' was used. The movie was shot in Baghdad, but was actually shot in Iran, where Grace was born and where her family lived. As an American woman, I have to say that I was surprised that she would have this kind of story to tell. She didn't leave her homeland because she was afraid to go home to find out what the condition of women in Iraq were, she left because her boyfriend was telling her that it was better to leave than to suffer in this hellhole. There is a lot of discussion about Iraq in this movie, and how American soldiers were more concerned with their soldiers' careers than their fellow soldiers. You see the American people coming into Iraq to rebuild a country that they did not even know existed, and one of them could tell you how it was the number one issue. You see a woman who leaves her husband, and then gives birth to a child who is very different than she was. You see the man who helps to give her a book on the Quran, and the man who accompanies her to the mosque. You see a woman who takes a gun and goes out and takes revenge on an old enemy. You see a man who is involved in a drug deal. You see the last family to be killed in the movie. You see Grace's reaction to this violence, and you get a feeling of what it must have been like when the whole world ignored her. She had to take her own life because of what she had to go through, and I found the movie so moving because it is so sad. I would recommend this movie to anyone, because it is a very sad, and sad that her life was marked by this, and what happened to her family is still going on in the world. This is a very beautiful movie, and I think it is a must-see for everyone. The director, Norman, has told us how the woman who was Grace Jones was and lived in a place where women were treated like children, and this documentary is a testimony to her. It was a strange kind of courage to have a photograph taken by the soldiers who came to her rescue, and show this picture to her husband and others. It was the photographer who got a US Army officer to sign a document that showed the American government recognized the woman as a war widow, and an honorable woman. If the US government is interested in finding out what happened to the women and their children, I would recommend this movie to anyone.

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Stephanie Alvarado

As a lifelong fan of the band's music, I really enjoyed this film. The documentary made me more aware of the group as a whole. I also found it interesting to see a life changing experience for the frontman of the band, David Bowie. I did not find the "Scream" story to be as impressive as some reviewers. The only other story that I found to be slightly enjoyable was about David's mother. The son of the deceased band member, was played by Jack White in the film. This story was a little bit different. Overall, I would recommend this documentary to fans of David Bowie, mainly because of his past but also because of his life changing experience.

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Hoo-rah for director Lee Tamahori's acting to be deserving of an Oscar in a year when only four people have won it. "Hollywood" herself "Big Lebowski" director David Gordon Green has a very fine supporting role to play on which she is perfectly cast. There's a definite age divide when it comes to the other supporting players, from the elderly Helen Hunt, whose memory seems to be returning from the grave to the newcomer and modestly talented Kathleen Quinlan. But this is also a period piece when women weren't allowed to do anything (or just wear corsets) and the film is appropriately set in the 40's and 50's as well as from the perspective of a history-buff of the American West, as Lee Tamahori includes many street views and campy town setting. But I won't criticize the movie for that since it's really about how great an actor Grace Jones was in her 40's and 50's. Her performances as a sassy young girl who's harassed by the "respectable" people of her day and young girl who's less than shy in the company of the "respectable" people of her day, have to be the finest of her career. To this day she's made an impression on me. No wonder a lot of people have come to love her for her performance as "Lita Mackenzie" in "Sister Act" (1987). She even became a respectable actor after that. Overall the movie is a labor of love and a fine treat for film fans. At the time it was made, it was hardly a big hit and only one theater was showing it at its peak (wonder how much that has changed since). I saw the movie on VHS at a friend's house and the DVD (more recently). It's just another example of how a small group of people can make a huge difference and to celebrate the movie and Lee Tamahori, it's a perfect example of how a group of talented people can benefit from a collective effort. I recommend this to all those interested in the history of film and the history of actress Grace Jones. Rating 8 out of 10