Video: Duke Ellington’s Symphony in Black, Starring a 19-Year-old Billie Holiday

In September of 1935 Paramount Pictures released a nine-minute movie remarkable in several ways. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life is one of the earliest cinematic explorations of African-American culture for a mass audience. It features Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing his first extended composition. And perhaps most notably, it stars a 19-year-old Billie Holiday in her first filmed performance.

Via Open Culture