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The Quintessential Peggy Lee

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The Quintessential Peggy Lee

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Peggy Lee
genre:
musical

We gave it an A-

To see, not just hear, Peggy Lee — her face by turns playfully teasing and curiously impassive — adds to the appreciation of this most philosophical of singers. Her rendition of ”Is That All There Is?” (as perfect a match of performer and material as exists) belongs in any basic jazz-video library. This 1984 concert from Atlantic City, The Quintessential Peggy Lee, also includes a lilting ”I Love Being Here With You,” a haunting ”The Folks Who Live on the Hill,” and virtually all of her other most-requested numbers. But why so many long shots, when we want to read every subtle expression? A-