Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues
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Thanks to the producers for an intelligent and fascinating insight into the life of one of the all-time country music greats.
The only weakness of the film is that doesn't quite communicate the bleakness of Williams's life as glimpsed through the various biographies. I've read two biographies on Williams (including the one by Colin Escott, whose book provided the basis for the screenplay that Escott assisted on) and both convey far more than the documentary the remarkable emptiness of Williams's life. He was simultaneously a very simple and enormously complex individual. He had astonishingly few interests or obsessions apart from music, religion, women, drinking, comic books, and fishing, yet he produced a body of work that is clearly the achievement of a genius. His songs are perhaps the most passionate that have ever been written.Read more ›
New Film Brings Hank Williams To Life
"Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues," the first documentary devoted to the late country music legend. The DVD is an expanded 81-minute version of the hour-long feature that will air as part of PBS's "American Masters" series beginning June 23.
The film was directed by Morgan Neville, co-director of last year's "American Masters" feature on Muddy Waters, and written and produced by Neville and Colin Escott, author of the definitive book "Hank Williams: The Biography," just issued in a revised edition.
Neville's documentary features never-before-seen color home movies of Williams, as well as rarely-seen kinescopes of his early '50s television appearances. Many hitherto unseen photographs are also utilized.
The film is distinguished by interviews with virtually every important surviving Williams family
member and friend, including the singer/songwriter's second wife Billie Jean Horton, who granted her first on-camera interview.
Also on view are his son, country star Hank Williams, Jr., and grandson Hank III (who performs "Ramblin' Man"); his illegitimate daughter Jett Williams and stepdaughter Lycrecia Williams; pedal steel player Don Helms and several other members of Williams' band the Drifting Cowboys; his opening act and touring sidekick Big Bill Lister; honky-tonk vocalists Ray Price and Charlie Walker; and Louisiana Hayride announcer Frank Page.
-- Chris Morris, L.A.
This DVD was a real treat for me, since He is without a doubt my favorite.
I highly recommend any country fan to give it a fair chance.
After All The Man helped in making what country music is today.
PS: I was shocked to see the way his widow talked. Not your average decent Ma'am would talk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy it...especially the history and the music...Published 6 months ago by Raymond J. Juliano
Bought this for my husband who is a die hard country music fan.Published 7 months ago by Roberta Mancillas
It tells the way hank Williams lived his live .Interview his son and the people who was around him all the time . very imformative .Published on December 12, 2013 by claud skinner
I have been a Hank Williams music fan since marrying my husband 45 years ago. However I have never until now bothered to learn the story behind the man. This is a sad story. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by breischel
Before I bought the DVD I read the reviews here. There were a few who said they weren't that impressed with it but I also paid attention to the positive reviews and decided I'd... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Jeri M. Walsh
I recomended for all who have not (until this time) right this DVD and love music and it's history: Go and buy it!Published on February 15, 2013 by Vlastimil Stary
Being a country music fan and living through the times of Hank Williams, made this good entertainment for me and my sister who was also a fan of Hank. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Jane
This is the film for anyone who likes to hear lots of genuine Southern accents uninterrupted by a single yankee. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Wiley