Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For

Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For

Director: Charlotte Mitchell Zwerin Cast: Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald

DVD (Black & White)

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The PBS American Masters program Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For comes to DVD from Fox Lorber. The original aspect ratio is preserved with a 1.33:1 full frame transfer, and the mono soundtrack is adequate for the historic recordings. The chaptering offers scene access to each segment of her life story, but not to the 13 individual song performances. The extra features include 20 minutes of additional interviews with accompanists Hank Jones and Paul Smith, as well as bassist Keter Betts, friend Jim Blackman, and vocalist Johnny Mathis. Also includes two classic Memorex commercials and Fitzgerald's discography. This disc is recommended for jazz history fans as well as collectors of the American Masters program.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2000
UPC: 0720917306223
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Winstar
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:26:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Additional interview footage; Tribute performance by Bassist Keter Betts; Ella's Memorex commericials; Onscreen discography; Production credits

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. The Queen of Swing [14:45]
2. Stardom [16:17]
3. Be Bop [14:40]
4. Straight to the Top [16:26]
5. Family [16:32]
6. Final Years [9:46]

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Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ella is my absolute favorite singer, and I listen to everything but rap. This is an excellent documentary of her life. It's hosted by Tony Bennett, and there are lots of friends and musicians talking about her. One woman was in the audience the very first time Ella stepped onstage as a kid. There are many clips of performances over her 50-year career. The menu has a discography, and even two commercials she made for Memorex.