A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2003  
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Chris Thomas King, Keith B. Brown, James Hughes
Shine a Light (2008)
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A career-spanning documentary on the Rolling Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Finding an unfinished script written by Alfred Hitchcock himself, Martin Scorsese attempts to recreate it himself as Hitchcock would have.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Simon Baker, Kelli O'Hara, Michael Stuhlbarg
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Director Martin Scorsese talks to actor Steven Prince about his past. As the night goes on, Prince reveals some very amusing and moving stories of his experiences with drugs and violence.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Steven Prince, Martin Scorsese, George Memmoli
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander
L'amore (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the first episode, a heartbroken woman talks to her ex-lover on the phone. In the second, a pregnant woman believes she is carrying the child of Saint Joseph.

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini, Peparuolo
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A feature-length documentary starring Fran Lebowitz, a writer known for her unique take on modern life. The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues with archival footage and the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

World-renowned director Martin Scorsese narrates this journey through his favorites in Italian cinema.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Martin Scorsese
Documentary | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Compilation of the music videos of the fifteen number one hits of Michael Jackson.

Directors: Steve Barron, Nicholas Brandt, and 12 more credits »
Stars: Michael Jackson, Forrest J. Ackerman, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on the late Elia Kazan.

Directors: Kent Jones, Martin Scorsese
Stars: Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, Elias Koteas
Made in Milan (1990)
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As he prepares for a show, fashion designer Giorgio Armani discusses his principles of fashion, his family history and the city of Milan.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Giorgio Armani
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
Pinetop Perkins ...
Ike Turner ...
Dick Waterman ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
 Uncle Buddy 1 episode, 2003
...
 Blind Willie Johnson 1 episode, 2003
Keith B. Brown ...
 Skip James 1 episode, 2003
...
James Hughes ...
 H.C. Speirs 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
Ivy Cassel ...
 Walking man 1 episode, 2003
David F. Hughes ...
 Art Laibely 1 episode, 2003
Shayne Tingle ...
 Sound engineer 1 episode, 2003
Frances Horton White ...
 Peaches 1 episode, 2003
Joy Brashears ...
 Secretary 1 episode, 2003
Susan McWilliams ...
 Love Grace 1 episode, 2003
Tommie Tc Carter ...
 Honeyboy 1 episode, 2003
Goodman. Wille ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Colleen White ...
 Bobbie Grace 1 episode, 2003
Vasti Jackson ...
 Guitar Player 1 episode, 2003
Nathaniel Lee Sr. ...
 W.C. Handy 1 episode, 2003
Ted Davis ...
Ilona W. Wilkes ...
 Bar Owner 1 episode, 2003
Jay R. Unger ...
 Reverend Taylor 1 episode, 2003
Ahmir ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Marcia Ball ...
 Herself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Barber ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
David Barnes ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
James Blood Ulmer ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Carr ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jamar Chess ...
 Himself, Marshall Chess's son 1 episode, 2003
Marshall Chess ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Phil Chess ...
 Himself, co-founder of Chess Records 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jon Cleary ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Herself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Toumani Diabaté ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jim Dickinson ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Lonnie Donegan ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Georgie Fame ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Farlowe ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Rosco Gordon ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Davy Graham ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Henry Gray ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Corey Harris ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bert Jansch ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Garland Jeffreys ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ian Jennings ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Morris Jennings ...
 Himself, Electric Mud drummer 1 episode, 2003
Pete Johnson
Pete Jolly ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ...
 Themselves 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Salif Keita ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Don Kern ...
 Himself (WDIA Production Manager) 1 episode, 2003
Pete King ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Willie King ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bob Koester ...
 Himself, owner, Delmark Records 1 episode, 2003
Habib Koité ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Lay ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Albert Lee ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Themselves 1 episode, 2003
...
 Herself 1 episode, 2003
Humphrey Lyttelton ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
...
Edit

Storyline

A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A blues  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The ghost that Jr. saw of W.C. Handy was played by his own father, Nathaniel Lee Sr. See more »

Connections

Features Bird (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

quite long to go through, and not all great, but all-in-all a real keepsake
20 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to apply the usual numbered or grade ratings to this 7-part mini-series, as some parts may be more appealing to you than to others. It's a long mini-series, as each part goes in its own ways through the history of the blues, going back to Africa for some (as in Scorsese's first of the 7 films, Feel Like Going Home, which is one of the best of them), traveling around the country for others (The Road to Memphis, which is also very interesting, if a little repetitive), going this way and that to search for its passion and power (Wenders segment), or taking it down easy to sit with the masters (Eastwood's Piano Blues, one I will probably watch more than once on its own as its so loaded with musical goodies). As a fan of music in general, and of Blues up to the point when I watched the documentary fairly well, it's really an eye and ear opener. A lot of history and emotional connections go on with people and how they play or respond to the music, but it's all in tune with a simple, straight-forward way of telling little stories and getting a real mood more than anything. How you respond to the mood may depend more on your musical tastes, hence why the documentary, while overall intriguing, cool, sluggish, and hard-edged in different ways, is hard to really grade overall. But it's not one to miss if you've got the time; as it is I went back to at least a few of the segments recently, as the effect from first seeing the series in 03 wore off. Oh yeah, and Tom Jones is in one of the segments (perhaps the least effective one).


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page