paper assignment 42

1. “Amy”; (Netflix)

Academy award, 2016

The story of someone who was destroyed by fame. Amy Winehouse, even before she became famous, predicted that she would not fare well with all the pressures that go along with fame. In the end those pressures and the ways she reacted to them took the life of this gifted, tremendously talented young woman.

Write a 1-2 page review of the film.

Describe in detail the ways in which Amy Winehouse was, on a certain level, “destroyed by fame”.

2. What Happened Miss Simone?; (NetFlix)

This is a Netflix doc that screened at such prestigious film tests as Sundance, and Berlin. Nina Simone was a great, hugely influential musician. She also was, as stated in the trailer, a civil rights “revolutionary”. She was noted as being someone who pulled no punches when she made a statement about something, but that is not a personality trait that our society has often dealt with in a respectful way (to put it mildly), particularly when it comes from a woman – especially an African American woman.

Write a 1-2 page review of the film.

Discuss the ways in which Nina Simone could rightly be described as a “revolutionary”. Keep in mind the context of her time.

3. “Gimme Shelter”; (YouTube:

(Links to an external site.)

OR rent & support the arts at YouTube or Amazon Prime – $3.99

Another Maysles Brothers (Grey Gardens) production.

This is more than a concert tour film. Something happened at the Stones free concert in Altamont, CA, in 1969 that forever marked the event itself, and the history of the band.

Write a 1-2 page review of the film.

What event happens at the Altamont show while the Maysles Brothers are filming the Rolling Stones’ performance, and how does it effect the Stones after the show is over? Write a detailed discussion in response.

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