The Blues Collection: Warming By The Devil's Fire

Charles Burnett explores his own past as a young boy who was shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and Mississippi, torn between an uncle who loved the blues and a mother who believed that the blues was the devil's music. Burnett's film boldly mixes fictional story telling with documentary footage of a host of blues legends in a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in 1955, dramatizing the tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues. "The sound of the blues was a part of my environment that I took for granted. However, as years passed, the blues slowly emerged as an essential source of imagery, humor, irony and insight that allows one to reflect on the human condition. I always wanted to do a story on the blues that not only reflected its nature and its content but also alludes to the form itself. In short, a story that gives you the impression of the blues." - Charles Burnett

Year: 2003
Genre: Music Capsule
Country: USA
Director: Charles Burnett
Starring: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Dinah Washington
Duration: 106 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains offensive language.
Location in store: Music Capsule



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