فيلم I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues is a movie starring Jimmy Duck Holmes, L.C. Ulmer, and Bobby Rush. A tour of the juke joints and other venues of the legendary Chitlin Circuit in the Mississippi Delta, including performances by aging blues musicians...

Other Titles
I AM THE BLUES アイ・アム・ザ・ブルース
Running Time
1 hours 46 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
History, Music, Documentary
Director
Daniel Cross
Writer
Daniel Cross
Actors
Little Freddie King, Bobby Rush, Jimmy Duck Holmes, L.C. Ulmer
Country
Canada, USA
Year
2015
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80's, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

Comments about history «I Am the Blues» (23)

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Tammy L.

Like most who have seen the film, I agree with the viewer's assessment of the film as being too very dark for the Christmas season. However, it was a refreshing change of pace from other films this year which seem to be too Christmas for their own good. I will say, though, that I am a big fan of the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Love. I was also surprised at the message which was shown and at the skillful use of audio by Van Morrison. I had never seen this before but I thought it was a great point of view. I loved the film and think it was a refreshing change from other films in the Christmas season.

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Brenda G.

What can I say? I was simply mesmerized by this film, and only needed one viewing to see what it was all about. It was a moment, a moment in time and a scene that is reminiscent of the great art films of the 1940's and 50's. The iconic "oldies" hit it right out of the park with this one. I hope to see a large number of films made about Jazz musicians in the future, a film that captures the 'differentness' of the art of music making and it is the same thing. One thing I like to see is film that is 100% accurate and that is very rare. I was blown away. If you love music and want to know how the music in the film was made and the personalities of the musicians, then this is a must see. It is the best film on the music history of Jazz.

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Jennifer E.

This is an absolute must-see for anyone who grew up in the 1970s. During that time period, Led Zeppelin became what many felt was the most iconic rock band in the world. They were the rock stars of the decade. As if their music wasn't enough, they also released numerous albums, they toured the world and often entertained large audiences. When you think of the legendary band, you probably remember them from their timeless ballads and songs. This documentary covers that part of their history very well. It also covers their history of the same period of time. It covers them growing up in a youth commune in England and their journey to the States to form a band. They also talked about their unusual relationship with drugs and the band that started them. It's worth watching because it has interviews with a number of legends like Mick Jagger, Bon Scott, John Bonham, John Bonham, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jimmy Page, etc. Other great interviews are also with artists like Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, etc. The documentary also talks about the legendary concert at the Yankee Stadium. It is a must see for anyone who loved the band.

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Olivia

Another feature length doc on T. Rex that's one of the last significant films of the genre and the other being Anthony Hopkins' The Promise. Written and directed by Stephen Pastis, the doc follows John Sturges' River of Dreams and T. Rex's The Outsiders. It's a story about how the music of the blues united a nation to get the rights to copyright, how artists tried to make their art and what happened when they failed. There are many great stories here. The group that gave us the Blues and the Blues songs became one of the most respected music groups in the world and the success that they had is what inspired artists like Otis Redding to write new songs. John Fain was one of the best blues players ever, and his voice is fantastic. If you're into the blues, you'll enjoy this doc. The other story is about one of the greatest blues bands, The Allman Brothers. When their label, Warner Brothers, went under, they went their own way and they started their own label. It's a fantastic story about how they started, the way they died and how they became a major force in the music. They became one of the best band in the world. Other stories are about how T. Rex's music became the soundtrack of the 20th century. The Tupac Shakur story was a great one. A lot of fans say he was innocent in the killing of an unarmed man, but he's not. He was in a gang that was supposed to kill him, but he was out of prison. This film is a great example of how things can come together and go in different directions. Overall, the film is a great doc and one of the better ones of the genre, and it's a great way to spend 90 minutes. Grade A

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Juan

With his new documentary film, the filmmaker Mr. Laou was able to give the American rock-star a few new perspectives and ideas. Laou is able to tell the story of Kurt Cobain from his birth till his death. He is able to convey his feelings about music, their art and of course about the black mark that Kurt left behind. He has a lot of interesting facts to say about the artist and his relationships with his mates. Laou is very careful to paint a portrait of Kurt Cobain, not to portray him as a hero but as a man who had a long road to travel. Laou is able to capture the essence of the artist and use it as a raw material for his story. He is able to convey some very powerful emotions through his narrative. Kurt Cobain, like most artists, was a strong personality and it was for that reason that he was chosen as a muse for some of his best songs. In his songs, he presents his love for art and his love for his band mates, but Laou tries to emphasize the very negative aspects of the man. This is one of the strengths of Laou's film. By presenting Kurt as a victim of the tragic events of Kurt Cobain's life, Laou is able to present the artist as a real person and as a man with lots of flaws, personality problems and unresolved issues. By portraying Kurt Cobain as a hero and a flawed man, Laou is able to show the American audience that Kurt Cobain was not a hero, but a human being who had been driven insane by the pressures of fame and money and who had a broken family life and also a rebellious streak. In spite of the personality issues, Kurt was a very creative and talented artist, whose ideas were a mixture of love, art and rock music. Laou takes advantage of his subject to say what he thinks about this man and about rock music in general. It is not only his story that Laou is interested in. He is interested in his subjects and that's why he is able to present them in a simple and yet meaningful way. Kurt Cobain is not just a person, he was a creative genius and one of the most significant artists of the 70's. In spite of his misfortunes and in spite of the fact that his own life was a complete mess, he was a man who gave a lot of energy and creativity to his own creative life. Laou tells the story of a man who was a genius and an artist who was driven by the excesses of fame and money. Laou does not fall for any stereotype and it shows how many people in this world are influenced by cultural and political matters and they cannot judge a person on his merits, but on the shape of his personality and in his specific political and cultural environment. Laou shows that Kurt was nothing but a flawed man who was driven by external pressures. Laou does not paint a picture of Kurt as a hero,

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Kathryn Jensen

I am the blues. I am an African American, a blues guitarist, a guitar player and a singer. For decades, my presence was felt in the blues music scene. The Reverend is my first solo album, and "Amazing Grace" is my first top 40 hit record. Through the years, I recorded several albums, performed and played guitar, played the drums, sang the blues and made art. I've been to concerts where hundreds of people clapped in response to the live version of "Amazing Grace". And I've been to concerts where millions of people cheered and clapped. In some ways, the blues is a spiritual experience, and for me, that is what this movie was supposed to be. It was a documentary, but also an opportunity to tell stories. I am the blues. I am an artist. I am a musician. I am a musician's musician. I am the first black solo guitar player in the history of the blues. This was the first Blues Concert I ever sang in. And I am the only African American musician to have played the tenor saxophone in a full concert. I am the first African American who has played the guitar solo in the blues music hall. And I am the first African American to play the solo in a blues music hall. This movie was supposed to be about the challenges and difficulties of being an African American in a blues music scene. But it was also a documentary about how to be a good musician, how to be a good black musician, and how to do well in the blues music scene. It was an opportunity to help a musician who was not recognized for his abilities, but to help musicians all over the world recognize the contributions of African American musicians. I think the real strength of this documentary is that the musicians interviewed have participated in many of the most important blues music events of the 20th Century. They were not just musicians in this case, but citizens, friends and allies. It was an opportunity to share stories of the relationships and friendships of blues musicians, especially with the musicians of the WPA and the African American Musicians Club. They were just musicians, and they were able to take part in the significance of this film. It is truly an opportunity for all artists to share their stories, and it was really worth it to be able to share some of my stories with so many people. We'll all learn a lot. And it was a pleasure to have them all to share their stories. I'm really proud of this documentary, and I hope it will open eyes and hearts. Now, when the Blues Society has the final cut of the film, I hope that people all over the world will see that this is a wonderful documentary. And I hope that people will learn from it and they will go out to start to become a better musician. Now, this is not a story of what I have done or how I feel about my music. This is just a story about how musicians come together and share

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Margaret Douglas

This movie was good for being honest and for getting a few facts out the way. It was enjoyable. That said, I do think that more research would have been necessary. It is truly shocking how much and how little information we receive about one of the greatest stories in American history. The movie made a good effort to include interviews from some very important names. The stories were related to each other and really became one. Unfortunately, this information was not mentioned to the point where it became a necessity. The film also mentioned that a lot of people don't know that Ella Baker wrote the songs for the civil rights and women's movements. This movie was very good about this, but not very good about the other part of the story. There was a total lack of information about the reaction and life of Ella Baker. A more thorough information would have been nice, but I am not sure if I would have enjoyed it that much. There were a few questions in the movie that made me say "well, then I'll just watch the movie." I would have liked to have been able to hear more information about Ella Baker and her contribution to the civil rights movement. I would have also liked to have heard more about Ella Baker's love of country music, which is also at the core of her being. However, this movie was still good, and hopefully will become a great film.

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Amy

This is not your usual concert documentary. Instead of a train of course, the film focuses on what the lead singer of Led Zeppelin did to prepare for his concert and how that prepared him for a life in the world of blues, including an early encounter with the South African apartheid police. The documentary begins by interviewing Paul, one of the founding members of Led Zeppelin. The two have worked together in past performances, the latter of which was a two hour car trip. Paul talks about the band and the physical and emotional struggle they faced on stage. There is also a discussion with Brian Jones, the group's producer, about his view of the music and how it affects people. A lot of discussion is also related to the music of Led Zeppelin, from both the group and the audience. There is also talk of the band's four great studio albums, with the latter being a "leaving" of Led Zeppelin. The most memorable is probably "Stairway to Heaven", because of the image of a young man sitting on the edge of the audience and looking up at the sky. This album is so influential and the best song of all of them, and to the musicians and to their fans.

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Matthew N.

To enjoy this documentary, you need to know about Coleman Hawkins and "Hip Hop." Coleman Hawkins is a musical legend and story behind the "Hip Hop" scene. I think this documentary will be worth your time and money. I think all the hype about this documentary was somewhat of a scam. I think the directors/producers of this documentary did not tell their audience a single fact about "Hip Hop" that they didn't already know. As far as the history of "Hip Hop," there isn't a single documentary that I have ever seen that will show this. The documentary covers the entire history of "Hip Hop." I think this documentary could have been a lot better, but it is a good documentary nonetheless.

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Gary

I've been a fan of VH1's "The Essential Elvis Presley" for a while now. It's a fascinating and enjoyable documentary. It gives the story of Elvis through his personal life, his music, his professional life, his wife and child, his business, his personal life, his style, and his public life. The only thing that I didn't like about this documentary was the fact that it focused so much on the personal life of Elvis. The other thing I didn't like was the fact that it did not focus on Elvis's professional life. I don't know why that was so. It could have been more informative about his professional life, but there wasn't much in it. The other thing I didn't like was the way VH1 edited the interviews in between the music and the personal life. It was like they were running the interviews from a small section in the documentary and playing them in a very large part in the music. It didn't have the same effect. VH1 seems to have learned that the best way to give this doc is to cut them out and make it a concert-style doc. I think the best way to do this would have been to edit some of the interviews from the music and edit them into the concert-style doc. That way it would have been more informative and the interviews would have been at least a little more interesting. I don't think this was a bad thing. I think that VH1 was trying to be more informative and I think it was a good thing. The only thing that I didn't like was that it wasn't the most informative documentary I've ever seen. It was boring. There were no surprises in the documentary. I didn't even know who Elvis Presley was. I didn't even know his last name. I think this documentary was good but I'm not sure why VH1 edited it so much. It seemed to be mostly filler material and the editing just didn't cut it. I think it would have been better if they had edited it a little more. I think the best thing that could have been done for this doc was to edit the interviews into the concert-style doc and have a new interview with every concert. That way it would have been more informative and the interviews would have been at least somewhat interesting. I think VH1 could have done a better job at telling the story of Elvis. It would have been a better doc if they edited out a lot of personal stuff.

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Nicole Young

I'm getting all this hate for this film, and I'm getting all this hate for music in general. Are you people thinking that because everyone loves music, or that you're being cruel. Because it's a great film, but it's not like everyone's got to hear their music. If you're not a fan of music, you might hate this film, but like I said, it's not like everyone's got to listen to their music. But if you're just not a fan, you might not like it, but then again, maybe you'd like this film. Just because you love a film doesn't mean that everyone does. In any case, this is a great film, it's also a great documentary. This is one of those movies that has everything you could possibly want in a film, and in this case, it has a documentary that captures the joy of the music and the struggle of the band. I was never a fan of the band, but it just the kind of music that I like. But I'm glad that the band did a good job with the film, because I loved it.

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Rachel

I got really interested in this documentary, when I saw that the music featured is by Pink Floyd. I'm a big fan of their music, and I saw this as a way to see their work and play a part in their stories. I was impressed with the images of the Manics, but there was so much more to this film. When I saw the interview with David Gilmour, it gave me the impression that they wanted to do a documentary on their music, but they had to leave out stuff to get the interview. In fact, they didn't even mention the last album, and it took me a long time to get through to see the interview with their last album, E01. But overall, I think the movie is a great movie. It has a great soundtrack. It has a lot of songs that are iconic in their style. It has interviews with famous musicians, and famous artists that worked with them, like Paul McCartney. You will enjoy this movie, and I recommend it to anyone. I'm not gonna spoil the movie, but you'll understand the film when you watch it.

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Ann Warren

Just went to see it. I was lucky enough to attend a special preview screening at the cinema in Washington DC. I have been a Jazz fan for years. This documentary is wonderful. The director has a wonderful eye and the material is impressive. The part about the Jazz musicians was especially poignant. I think that the music will stick with you long after you leave the theatre. I am a firm believer that the music is the best way to tell the story. That's what this film is all about. Jazz musicians in Cuba at a time when they had little, and they played the music they could, was really impressive. Also there was a real sense of music and culture in Cuba. One that is impossible to understand in the States. I loved the dialogue and the music. This is a must see for all Jazz fans.

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Kevin

I loved this documentary. It was heart breaking, with poignant moments, as the real artists were here. I was particularly moved by the story of John Waters, who used to sing when he was a teen in Greenwich Village. He's such a good, good guy, and I'm so glad that the great-grandson of the man who put it in motion is using it to honor him. The interviewees were all so fascinating, in such a group. If I had the time, I would like to watch all of these artists live. The only thing I wish was missing was an interview with Terrance Mottola. I don't think he's much of an artist, but his story should be told, especially since he was the producer of the documentary.

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Katherine S.

The band The Cure makes a brief appearance in the first 15 minutes of this documentary about the singer. A documentary of music. This documentary will probably prove to be a must watch for any music fan.

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Kyle L.

Having read the book, I knew it would not be a easy task to film a music video documentary that would tell the story of a musician. The challenge of telling this story was not nearly as great as I was expecting. It was not easy to film in the sense that it was hard to choose one performance that would inspire the audience. The performers used different instruments to create their own sound. It was difficult to create a cohesive musical video on the song as opposed to a concert that focused on one song. The most difficult part was trying to find a way to create a consistent shot for each of the participants. Although I personally believe that the music video footage should always be the focus, I felt that the video was a combination of live performances and the backstage footage of the members of the band during the recording of the songs. I also felt that the style of the music video was perfect for the story and it worked well. It was easy to spot the music video style in several of the performances because of the different camera angles used and the varying settings. I felt that the style of the music video was fitting and helped the story flow well. The story is well told and you know the ending. I was surprised at how well the interview footage and sound effects worked for the footage because the sound effects and interview footage didn't match at all. The music video was entertaining and it was not the kind of music video that I would buy on CD because it was not something I would enjoy watching again. I think this is the first time that a musician had a music video made for a movie that was different from the actual concert that they performed. The music video was a great show and it was a show I would buy on DVD because I would enjoy watching it again. I think the music video footage added a great touch to the overall production and was a great addition to the film. The music video was different and you could tell that it was made for the movie because there was no music. It was filmed on the actual instruments that were played in the performance. The other great thing about the music video was the interviews with the performers. Each interview was taped on video with the songs used in the interview. It was interesting hearing the songs that were not used in the video. You could tell that they were very pleased with their performance and even though they were not as good as the music video footage, you could tell that they were happy with their experience. The interviews were great and they helped build up the music video footage and make the story flow. I would recommend this movie to anyone that has not seen it or to those that have watched it and liked it. It is a good story and I am sure that you will enjoy it.

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Lawrence C.

On July 5, 2008, at 7:09 PM, Mark Anthony Lutz (the brother of Jonathan) is scheduled to perform the blues on stage in the Club Primrose, Hollywood, CA. His audience is 10,000 strong, and, although a couple of errors on the band's part are noticed, he performs his song, "Killing Me Softly." The song is so well known, that when the performance is finally over, you would think it is "The World is a Lonely Place." (it is.) All in all, a good documentary that, after viewing, will make you want to see "Killing Me Softly," as well as Lulu Miller's work, as well as Jean-Baptiste Kool, who shares with Anthony Lutz the blues band that started in Lulu's hometown of Charlestown, Maine, and a city that has played a major part in music history. The DVD includes the original theatrical trailer for "Killing Me Softly," the interview with Anthony Lutz, and a new documentary. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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Joseph

This movie was hard to watch at times because I felt like I was watching a documentary. The problem was that I couldn't help but feel that the movie was being put together on the fly. People were talking constantly about the characters they were about to see and not talking about the movie. The most memorable moment was the ending with the people who were supposed to be the witnesses, all of them explaining how they were intimidated, without any real information. There was no story, no explanation of what happened. I didn't care about the people who died, they were dead already. The movie made no sense, it was just a fast-paced concert in the streets of Africa. I think that it is very important to take the time to experience the country and culture of a country and I think that this movie was trying to tell you that.

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Olivia Morris

Well, I never heard of this film before but it was the documentary film that got me into dancing. So much so that I thought it would be a must see for all people interested in dancing. To this day I still have my favorite dance routine of it. The real story behind this, is that I was a student in Australia, and worked at the Abbey Theatre in 1981 and had a collaboration with the British Royal Ballet Company (RBC), the the one that would win all three Emmys and make several changes to it's development plan. I was very close to RBC, because they were my friends and my countrymen. When they approached me with the idea of doing a film on their development plan, I thought it was a great idea, because I have a great interest in dances and music. I also learned some things that were very interesting to me about the development of this film. I am not going to tell you all of this in this comment but I will say this, this film is very well made. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in dancing. As a general rule, if it has dancing in it, then it is a good film.

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Samuel Price

Robert Plant wrote and performed "Feel the Wind" in 1976, not long after he had sold his record company to Sony for millions. He just happens to be the lead singer of the Stax Records rock group The Band. This is the musical version of his lyrics. "You are the wind. You are the wind, you're the wind, but you are nothing. And your fame is nothing. And your money is nothing. And your name is nothing. I am the wind." He, the songwriter, performs a vocal performance from an obscure version of the song. As an aside, the original version was written by David Crosby, who also wrote a version of "Do You Want to Build a Fire"? In the original version, Crenshaw (Cooper), the multi-millionaire, is the one with the money, and this is what he wants. In the version with the original cast and the voice of Robert Plant, the artist is just another musician. It is not a popular, big budget Hollywood production. In the version with Robert Plant, the music comes from the same notes and from the same notes are the songs. The key instrument is the piano, which is not an instrument of the orchestra. It is a piano that is owned by Crenshaw. He does not want to sell it to any major record company. In the movie, in the original version, the original version is played for the audience. It is the piano version that is played for the audience. This is where the real Robert Plant gets some of the lyrics for "Feel the Wind."

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James O.

People with different musical tastes may disagree with the way the Blues/Folk music is described in this film. What it is, how it is presented, and how it relates to the human condition is also a subject to discuss. The film, I feel, portrays the cultural background of the Blues/Folk music through interviews and music video clips. It should be noted that the filmmakers did not film the bands themselves but rather interviewed the musicians and singers. I found this very refreshing as in most films the artists themselves speak about their musical backgrounds and interests. The interviews with John Lee Hooker, Paul Chambers, Clonus Carver, Charlie Hunter, and others all capture the life and ideas of these musicians and makes it easy for the audience to get to know these artists. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised. The film is a bit slow at times, but the story does build to a good climax. I'm glad that I saw it, and even more glad that someone put the effort into producing and presenting this film.

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Gerald Myers

I really liked this film. I think it's about all of us, the importance of being true to yourself and the consequences of not living up to the standards of the world. At the same time, it shows how the powers of organized religion and their corporate entities are damaging our society. It is interesting how the tone of the film shifts from bleak to upbeat with very little downtime. It is an intimate look at the lives of four friends, four people who had different backgrounds and different beliefs. It shows the impact their lives had on their family and friends. The acting is superb, the photography is breathtaking, the dialogue is spot-on, and the music is nice. If you are interested in history, in religion, or in life in general, this is a film to see. It is one that shows what it was like to be alive during the time in which it took place. You will not regret watching it.

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Randy Phillips

You'll never believe your eyes. You may think your eyes can't see what you can't see, but you'll see what you'll never forget. For the first half of the movie, most of the stories from various artists and bands, as well as from numerous musicians, composers, and musicians of other musical genres, are combined into one story. The experience is the most rewarding part, because it's like seeing an artist perform live on the road, but at the same time you're seeing the artist as a human being. It makes you want to see more of them and their performances. The short intro and outro of each story are the best parts of the movie, and you'll thank me for that. It is what I call a work of art, and I applaud all those involved. At one point I thought I was in trouble, until I realized I was in fact at ease with the film. The bottom line is, don't let the hype scare you away from seeing this. This is an honest look into the world of modern music.