Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Documentary| English | 90 minutes


From her days on the streets of Harlem, to her breakout performance at the age of 17 at Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, and through six decades of international stardom, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of This Things vividly chronicles the life of this ambitious, resilient performer.  The film caps her achievements with interviews from her colleagues, friends, family and fellow musicians who admired and loved her.  She was admired equally by the great jazz musician, Duke Ellington and by the crooner Bing Crosby. But she also never forgot the racism she endured in the Jim Crow south. She fought hard and continuously against all kinds of prejudice.

Major Participants:
Ella Fitzgerald / Tony Bennett / Itzhak Perlman / Johnny Mathis / Smokey Robinson / Cleo Lane / André Previn / Jamie Cullum / Ray Brown, Jr.
Why Stream This Film?
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things shows the most intimate highs and lows of this beloved singer’s life. It was a clean life (no drugs, booze), she was always kind to her fellow musicians, and she actively fought injustice. She should be the role model for every budding singer and musician.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
  • Metacritic Score: 64
  • This is what celebrities had to say about Ella: “The Greatest” (Bing Crosby); “Terrific” (Perry Como); “Fabulous” (Mel Tormé)
  • This film is the first documentary honoring the life of singer, activist, Ella Fitzgerald
ELLA FITZGERALD: JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS has got plenty of swing and a whole lot more. It’s a 90-minute jam session that surveys the legendary singer’s life and career from homeless Harlem teenager to the preeminent bebop and scat singer and one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook. There’s wall-to-wall music, with take-fives to hear from celeb admirers like Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Lane, Andre Previn, Itzhak Perlman, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, and Ray Brown, Jr., Ella’s only child.
G.Allen Johnson

San Francisco Chronicle

An insightful portrait drawn with warmth and a touch of swing.
Sheri Linden

The Hollywood Reporter

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