(CNN) Chadwick Boseman's tragic death will draw understandable attention to "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," which represents his final role.
On that score, the film's lessons echo into the present, in ways both clearly intended and that feel more relevant in light of recent events.
Boseman's Levee has big dreams, which include bringing his own creative spin to Ma's songs, which simply won't fly with her.
"You play Ma's music when you're here," he's told by Cutler ("Fear the Walking Dead's" Colman Domingo), a band veteran along with characters played by Glynn Turman and Michael Potts.
Levee, moreover, is braving Ma's wrath in more ways than one, having set his eyes on her girlfriend ("Hit the Floor's" Taylour Paige).
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