Blues Under the Skin

Film, Drama

Time Out says

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.


Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

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