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Living The Blues
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This DVD presents the film Hubert Sumlin - Living The Blues. The film traces the career of Hubert Sumlin, the legendary blues guitarist, who played for 25 years with the Howlin' Wolf Band. His distinctive sound shaped the songs made famous by the Wolf including Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor, and Sitting on Top of the World. This film includes archival footage from the 1964 Folk Festival Tour in Europe that featured Sumlin, Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and others. It also includes interviews with musical figures such as James Cotton and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. NTSC all region, 87 minutes.
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* Video quality is very 1980s. Not quite remastered.
* Only a minute in we've got some dancing that's good dancing but doesn't really make any sense or contribute to the plot. You be the judge. Oh, also some slow-motion dancing on a car!
* She's thrashing about on a chain link fence. Not sure why, but it's there... ok.
* Wow. Amazingly cliche black/white culture clash in the first 8 minutes. Rich white dude up against dudes from "the hood"
* 13 minutes in... another weird dance interlude. Same dancer, same bizarre non sequitur. But then there's some kissing immediately after. Interracial in nature, so that's cool
* 18 minutes in, delightful musical number that's out of sync completely with the video. White boy wants to play the blues!
* 25 minutes in, obvious interracial love affair. Acting is pretty poor but it's a great idea!
* 27 minutes in, premature ejaculation scene. Talk about your realism.
* 28 minutes in, lame chase scene with obviously racist cops.
* 30 minutes in, dude with cut-off Pac Man shirt. Worth the price of the movie!
So, the summary here is that this is a classic movie that depicts the differences between socio-economic classes. The black side of the ledger is rather sanitized to white sensibilities but it's still a vague echo of reality. Good for entertainment value if you want to spend the time to think about the deeper issues involved