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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Rise and fall of talented star documents racism, sexuality.

Movie R 1999 115 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

It is difficult to survive in this world without loving support surrounding you

A solid performance by Halle Berry about a woman who seemed ill prepared to a world that both desired her and rejected her. The film reveals it is very difficult to survive in a world where you do not have a loving supportive network with you to serve as a buffer for a world that seeks to devour you. How we all need protection and how our lives can take turns that are difficult to be released from. The film feels like a TV movie, but that does not mean it is not a compelling ride. Artistically the film may feel straightforward, but the budget was lush and the performances are heart felt.

Is It Any Good?

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In INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, Halle Berry skillfully brings the tragic singer-actress to life. The story and most of the characters are familiar -- show biz hopeful struggles and meets with some success -- but the additional element of the racial boundaries which contained Dandridge's rise to near-stardom, provides a little-seen picture of prejudice in even the uppermost levels of mid-20th century society.

There's a certain irony to the fact that though Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award as leading actress, it wasn't until a half-century later that Halle Berry was the first to win the award for her performance in Monster's Ball. Dorothy Dandridge is not a household name, still she merits this earnest look. Older teens will probably appreciate the "rags-to-riches-to-rags" story.

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