Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami | Salt Lake City Weekly

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Rated NR 116 minutes 2018

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Most profile documentaries hold your hand to make sure you’re aware of why their subjects warrant a documentary; director Sophie Fiennes has a different approach in mind for Grace Jones. This profile of the actor/singer/model includes exactly zero archival footage, nor a single reference to A View to a Kill, yet still makes it clear why Jones is fascinating as she approaches her 70th birthday. Most of that fascination comes in the form of concert sequences, which showcase the ferocious, theatrical stage presence of a bustier-clad Jones, including a mesmerizing performance of “Love is the Drug” accentuated by laser light refracting off of her mirrored bowler hat. It’s a bit less interesting watching her in her daily off-stage life, whether it involves visiting family in Jamaica, reminiscing about growing up with an abusive step-grandfather, or bringing a no-shit-taken attitude to her professional dealings. Fiennes at times steps in with inventive visual style—turning a nightclub visit into a rage of white noise—but mostly makes it evident that no matter what you know about the previous 40 years of Grace Jones’ life, she still deserves to be an icon.

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Director: Sophie Fiennes

Cast: Grace Jones

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