The Blues Brothers

Film

Musicals

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 21 2009

Soul-stirring celebration or crass cultural exploitation? Truth is, ‘The Blues Brothers’ is a bit of both, lending exposure to rhythm and blues legends who might otherwise have faded into silence while at the same time treating black culture as a colourful pantomime backdrop for the antics of two white comedians. That Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi adore this music is not in question – it’s lovingly chosen and brilliantly performed – but the film sometimes feels like a work of cultural tourism, particularly in scenes set in a gospel church and a Chicago street market. These lively musical sequences also sit awkwardly with director John Landis’s bizarre predilection for wholesale destruction: sure, smashing up cop cars can be fun, but Landis takes things to a tiresome extreme. Still, the film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi’s easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences.
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Cast and crew

Director:

John Landis

Producer:

Robert K Weiss

Screenwriter:

Dan Aykroyd, John Landis

Cinematography:

Stephen M Katz

Editor:

George Folsey Jr

Production Designer:

John J Lloyd

Music:

Ira Newborn

Cast:

John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kathleen Freeman, James Brown, Henry Gibson, John Landis, Frank Oz, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Fisher

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