‘Ma Rainey’s Black Backside’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ | Anatomy of a Scene

Hi, I’m George C. Wolfe and I am the director of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. “You should play the song the way I sing it, just like everyone else is playing it.” “I played a song and played it the way I felt it.” This scene takes place towards the end of the film. Ma Rainey tolerated Levee. He flirted with her friend Dussie Mae. She doesn’t like anything about him. He’s impulsive, he tries to take over, and she has a very specific way of dealing with her music. And I think she is threatened by him too, because he is a symbol of the future. Viola Davis plays Ma Rainey. Chadwick Boseman plays Levee. “You’re fired.” And then the other band members are Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman and Michael Potts. “Do you think it’s important to me to get fired? I’m not interested. You are doing me a favor “So you’re watching this very smart person corner some raw energy and strike, which then motivates them to hit and then give them permission to destroy it. One of the dynamics that is very interesting about Levee, and the Chadwick What was particularly fascinating is that he was able to capture the charm and intelligence of the character in a wonderful way. But at that moment all that is withdrawn from him. And he is only given a series of impulses, but these impulses are based on a bravura that it August Levee mentioned in the play that this door is different, that something about this door is different. This door wasn’t there and they argue with him and say: Yes, this door was there. When she was that Last time we recorded there he was in a different room. But he doesn’t let go of it because Levee doesn’t know how to let go of something. And he just goes on and on around the door. And that’s how it got really interesting for me why Augus t tinkered this moment? Then what’s on the other side of that door? And then it came to me that there was nothing on the other side of the door. It became the penultimate manifestation of his frustration and the sense of powerlessness he was feeling at the moment.