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  • Summary: The first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. This history of the song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter.
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  1. This is a riveting treatment of a fascinating subject.
  2. Takes a fascinating look at the origins and impact of a ballad that's been called "one of ten songs that changed the world."
  3. 75
    An absorbing documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    70
    Where pic excels is in the depiction of a rich leftist movement, with several cultures interacting expressively in the 1930s and '40s.
  5. Reviewed by: Laura Sinagra
    70
    Mining the song's associative richness, Katz's film works as jazz genealogy, Meerpol bio, Jewish-leftist puzzle piece, performance homage, and exegetic history of lynching.
  6. 70
    Polished, well-structured film.
  7. 60
    Michael Meeropol provides a far more eloquent statement of the song's enduring impact: "Until the last racist is dead, 'Strange Fruit' is relevant."

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