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The Blues A Musical Journey: The Soul of a Man

  • Film

Time Out says

Wenders was among the European baby-boom generation that resurrected the music of the Depression era blues musicians long since forgotten by their own countrymen. Here he digs up three favourites - Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James and JB Lenoir - and retells their stories through a mix of pithy re-enactments, archive recordings and film footage, Fishburne's sympathetic narration and a raft of contemporary re-interpretations by the likes of Beck, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Cassandra Wilson, Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Slight in shape and modest in its claims - there are gestures towards cultural contextualisation (the Depression, the Civil Rights struggle and the John Mayall/Cream/Newport '64 revival, the treasure chest recordings sent out to the stars with NASA's Voyager 1 that included Johnson's 'Dark Was the Night'), but Wenders never elaborates the point - it is at least a film with real feeling for its subjects.
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Release Details

  • Duration:90 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Wim Wenders
  • Screenwriter:Wim Wenders
  • Cast:
    • Chris King
    • Keith B Brown
    • performers Lou Reed
    • Lucinda Williams
    • Beck
    • Cassandra Wilson
    • Alvin Youngblood Hart
    • Shemekia Copeland
    • Eagle-Eye Cherry
    • Vernon Reid
    • James Blood Ulmer
    • Los Lobos
    • T Bone Burnett
    • Bonnie Raitt
    • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
    • Marc Ribot
    • Garland Jeffreys
    • Skip James
    • Laurence Fishburne
    • Nick Cave The Bad Seeds
    • JB Lenoir
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