Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer (2007)

Before her death in November 2006 at age 86, Anita O'Day, one of jazz's most complex and rhythmic vocalists, smiled on the music world for six decades. This film portrait captures all the magic that took this sly Chicago native, a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This rich documentary chronicles the highs and lows of one of the medium's finest singers, utilizing remarkable archive footage and insightful interviews with O'Day herself.

Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The incomparable songbird is finally given her due in one of the greatest music documentaries I've ever seen.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer chooses from all the existing materials, and is invaluable.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Filmmakers Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden recreate O'Day's extraordinary life through archival footage of some of her greatest performances, as well as interviews with the woman herself.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A close-up look at the strange alchemy that is jazz singing -- singing at its most sublime.

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Joel Selvin
San Francisco Chronicle

A gentle, swinging film that pieces together her extraordinary life story from vintage performance clips and various interviews done over the years.

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Mike Scott

Even with that uninspired title, Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer is a fitting tribute, a fascinating and swinging documentary.

John Anderson

Robbie Cavalina and Ian McCrudden's loving tribute to the great singer orchestrates archival footage, late-in-life interviews and some spectacular music into one of the better bio-pics of recent years.

Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Alive with improvisational energy and rejecting the conventional biographical format, the film pursues ideas and feelings rather than chronology as it scats through an archival wealth of interviews with O'Day and some of her most inspired performances.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

Blue eyed soul at its very best!

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Fascinating documentary on a great jazz singer who should be more well known. It was a tough life for Anita but the pluck which saw her through many hard times,… More
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[font=Comic Sans MS]"[/font][font=Century Gothic]Anita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz Singer" is a breezy and insightful documentary about the… More