Blues Under the Skin

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A mixture of documentary and fiction that alternates between bluesmen - from those on the chain gangs right up to BB King - singing and talking about their work, and a classic blues story set in Harlem about a girl who quits her man. The mixture is not a wholly comfortable one, the story and the acting of the young couple being too self-conscious to stand up to the naturalness of the bluesmen themselves. But the music survives on its own, and Amelia Cortez, a real old blues lady playing the mother-in-law, holds the story together with her reminiscences.

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Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Manthoulis
Screenwriter: Robert Manthoulis, Claude Fléouter
Cast: Amelia Cortez
Onike Lee
Roland Sanchez
BB King
Brownie McGhee
Sonny Terry
Mance Lipscomb
Furry Lewis
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