“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
From Gabriele Schoder
Wed, January 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
Political, moving, brilliant: with the biography “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, the great theater man George C. Wolfe stages an Oscar-worthy drama about black hopes for advancement.
Do you need stylish shoes to make a career as a jazz trumpeter? Definitely, thinks Levee (Chadwick Boseman), who prides himself on expensive mustard-yellow brogues that he dances around in the basement of the record studio with. His colleagues, trombonist Cutler (Colman Domingo), bassist Slow Drag (Michael Potts) and pianist Toledo (Glynn Turman) just grin, the boy is crazy. Little did they know that these shoes will cause blood to flow and one of them will have to die. Because for Levee they are not just a fashion accessory, but the hope for social advancement as a dark-headed artist that has become material.
A utopian expectation in the USA from 1927, a good 60 years after the official …