Tina-What’s love got to do with it (film di Brian Gibsin del 1993)

Quando ancora la biografia musicale non era assurta a fenomeno cinematografico, alcuni film di genere erano già approdati al cinema, tra essi TINA-WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT del 1993, regia di Brian Gibsin, protagonisti Lawrence Fishburne e Angela Bassett nei ruoli di Ike e Tina Turner.

A soli 10 anni Anna Mae Bullock vede la madre abbandonarla, stanca delle percosse subite dal marito, tuttavia la donna porta con sé inspiegabilmente solo l’altra figlia Aline, che viene cresciuta dalla nonna, alla morte della quale Anna 19enne si riconcilia con madre e sorella. Quest’ultima lavora in un locale dove si esibisce Ike Turner e il suo gruppo, alla ricerca di una voce femminile: una sera la ragazza afferra il microfono fin lì alla vana ricerca della stessa e, come per magia, conquista Turner che le promette ponti d’oro. A quel punto il rapporto professionale diventa anche sentimentale, con in seguito matrimonio e figli. Arriva il successo, ma anche i problemi: Tina infatti non può permettersi di star male perché il marito/padrone le impone di salire sul palco in nome degli affari, cosa che la donna accetta con dispiacere, ma quando dimostra al consorte di saper “camminare sulle sue gambe” con il singolo River deep mountain high, prodotto da Phil Spector, l’uomo schiuma rabbia, gelosia e scatena la violenza che è in lui percuotendo la donna in varie occasioni e a niente serve il consiglio della sorella Aline di lasciare l’orribile individuo. In seguito Ike, iracondo, accusa Tina di non impegnarsi in sala d’incisione e addirittura la punisce stuprandola. Il vaso ormai è colmo e dopo un raro momento di ilarità con una amica la cantante su suggerimento della sorella abbraccia la fede buddista grazie alla quale trova coraggio e conforto, così dopo l’ennesimo attacco fisico del marito dentro una Limousine, stavolta reagisce picchiandolo, decidendo più avanti di chiedere il divorzio che ottiene assieme al mantenimento del nome d’arte nonostante l’iniziale opposizione di Ike. È una liberazione, preludio della folgorante carriera solista di Tina Turner “Regina del Rock ‘n’ Roll”.

Osannato in generale dalla critica, questo film mette in scena una storia di vita e spettacolo con dolore, potenza, cruenza ed energia, trascinata dalle memorabili interpretazioni di Fishburne e Bassett, candidati all’oscar. Chiamati in causa, Ike e Tina Turner presero in maniera diversa le distanze dal film, il primo tacciandolo per bugiardo, pur elogiando la recitazione di Fishburne, la seconda, perché ritratta solo come una vittima, sbugiardando anche diversi fatti narrati dal film.

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