Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
(USA/2017—directed by Sam Pollard)
An astonishingly talented singer, dancer and actor, Sammy Davis Jr. began dazzling audiences at the age of three, never slowing down until his death at age 64 in 1990. As an entertainer Davis was adored; in his personal life he broke racial barriers, yet by defying accepted societal attitudes toward interracial romance, religion and politics, Davis paid a heavy and terrible price, generating controversy that remains a part of his legacy to this day. Through rare archival footage and interviews, longtime Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard has captured the brilliance, complexity and tension that comprised Sammy Davis Jr.’s life. Pollard’s film is a reminder of the contradictions in us all, and the importance of believing in ourselves, come what may. (100 min.)
“If you’ve never beheld Davis in action, prepare to gasp in awe and delight.” -Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival
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