ARTE FRANCE, PMP (penelope - morgane productions)
German, English, French
"Mr. Brown" is the portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest artists, Black American singer, James Brown, who made it to the summit of his art despite having being born black and poor in 1930s America.
Through musical archive footage and various encounters, "Mr Brown" recalls the whole of James Brown's life from 1933 to 2006, concentrating in particular on his years of combat and glory between 1955 and 1971.
"Mr. Brown" also recounts the world in which the artist evolved, referring to his visit to American troops in 1968 when they were at war in Vietnam. More general, sociological archive footage tells the story of the Black American community in a very turbulent period, from the beginning of the 1950s to the end of the 1960s.