Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - A series of 7 films by world famous directors in a luxury DVD boxed set. The Blues is a series of seven uplifting films by world famous directors who share a passion for the music.
The films, by Scorsese, Mike Figgis, Wim Wenders, Clint Eastwood, Charles Burnett, Marc Levin and Richard Pearce, capture the essence of blues music and delve into its global influence - from roots in Africa to its inspirational role in today's music.
FEEL LIKE GOING HOME Certificate: U
Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner, and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker).
RED, WHITE & BLUES A Film By Mike Figgis Certificate: 15
Director Mike Figgis (Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, Time Code) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Tom Jones, performing and talking about the British blues boom from the late 1950's onwards. A thoughtful and musically uplifting analysis of the influence of the blues on British musicians and the re-export of the music to America.
THE SOUL OF A MAN A Film By Wim Wenders Certificate: 12a
Director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club; Wings of Desire; Paris, Texas ) explores the lives of his favorite blues artists — Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir — in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these artists' lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Los Lobos, and others.
PIANO BLUES A Film By Clint Eastwood Certificate: 15
Director — and piano player — Clint Eastwood (Play Misty for Me, Bird, Unforgiven) explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical footage in addition to interviews and performances by such living legends as Ray Charles, Pinetop Perkins and Jay McShann, as well as Dave Brubeck and Marcia Ball.
THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS A Film By Richard Pearce And Robert Kenner Certificate: PG
Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of Faith, A Family Thing) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas.
WARMING BY THE DEVIL'S FIRE A Film By Charles Burnett Certificate: 12a
Director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother's Wedding, To Sleep with Anger) presents a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in the 1950s, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues. Including performances by Big Bill Broonzy, Willie Dixon, Lightnin' Hopkins, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Muddy Waters & Sonny Boy Williamson.
GODFATHERS AND SONS A Film By Marc Levin Certificate: 15
Director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboys, Brooklyn Babylon) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy) to explore the heyday of Chic
'A film each from Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis, Charles Burnett, Richard Pearce and Marc Levin, and not a bad one between them.'
-- Evening Standard
DVD of the week -- The Telegraph
'Infectious.' -- The Guardian
'A labour of love, a vibrant and warm depiction of... possibly the only true American art form'
-- Mojo, Winner of the Mojo Vision Award
'A landmark release for music and DVD fans alike' -- Total DVD, Music DVD of the year
'Seven definitive films . essential viewing for lovers of this sound.' -- The Independent
'Films that tenderly and evocatively breathe new life, fire, magic and wonder into all aspects of the blues, past and present' -- Time Out
'Gimmick-free and soul rich, this is one fabulous musical cornucopia, experience it at your first opportunity.' -- Blues Matters
'So at the end of seven films and almost eleven hours, what is the blues? Twelve bars, three chords, infinite possibilities.' ----**** Empire
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