Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  5 August 2004 (Germany)
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Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


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Beginning with a stirring African folk song (Zélié performed by Angélique Kidjo) the roots are established and rapidly swell into a trunk thickened by the hardships of the Great Depression (Gamblin' Man performed by David 'Honeyboy' Edwards) and the oppression of segregation (Jim Crow Blues performed by Odetta). Finally, this Blues family tree shows off vibrant new growth as it reveals the Blues' influence on our modern wealth of talented musicians (Midnight Special performed by John Fogerty and Hound Dog done by Macy Gray). Ruth Brown gives Blll Cosby a full-throttle serenade (and a playful smoldering gaze), along with Mavis Staples and Natalie Cole. Angélique Kidjo persuades Buddy Guy to an unforgettable rendition of 'Voodoo Child,' shortly before Bonnie Raitt and Robert Cray accompany B.B. King and Lucille for the final number, 'Paying the Cost to be the Boss.' This documentary presents to the audience, with authority and candor, an authentic history of this musical form. The ... Written by Annie Campos

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A one night history of the blues


Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 August 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Blues ekrixi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,300 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$201,574 (USA) (4 March 2005)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | (Ontario)

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B.B. King: [referring to a crowd that booed him once after his name was announced] At first, they didn't care nothin' about the blues. They didn't know nothin' about me. The reason they booed 'cause it was blues. When they said "blues", hey, it's like being black twice.
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A Dream for Blues Lovers
5 February 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

On 07 February 2003, fifty artists are gathered in a concert in the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, for one of the greatest tribute to the blues. Produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua, this concert and documentary entwines wonderful songs with interviews and footages, for example, of John Lee Hooker that died in 2001.

I have just seen this wonderful tribute on DVD and I dare to say that it is a must-see and mandatory in any collection of blues lover. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "A História do Blues" ("The History of the Blues")

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