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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Life of Queen of Jazz in admiring docu; language.

Movie NR 2019 89 minutes
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This documentary is a fine starting point for teens to learn about the legendary singer. Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things is a sturdy elementary biography of the singer's life and a great introduction for young viewers curious about the paths popular music took to evolve to where it is today. At times it feels as if the film, in the effort to paint a spotlessly positive portrait, evades difficult personal revelations. For that reason, this doesn't feel like a definitive view of Fitzgerald's life, but rather a well-deserved celebration. Real fans will have to wait for the deeper dive into the musician's life.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 13, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: September 11, 2021
  • Director: Leslie Woodhead
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 10, 2023

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