Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

HBO, Aug. 21

Producing the story of the first black woman to receive an Oscar nomination as Best Actress was a labor of love for Halle Berry. Maybe too much love, as the end product is a devoted but ultimately dull hagiopic. Berry is vivacious and hungry as Dandridge, and Brent Spiner is affecting as her dedicated manager; but a flat script and uninteresting narrative (rendered in flashback as Berry flips through a scrapbook) throw ice water on the heat its subject is supposed to project.



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