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Lightning in a Bottle -- Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Release Date:
5 August 2004 (Germany) See more »
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A one night history of the blues
Plot:
Antoine Fuqua's documentary on the blues, shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

 
Aerosmith ... Themselves

Gregg Allman ... Himself
James Blood Ulmer ... Himself
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown ... Himself
Ruth Brown ... Herself

Solomon Burke ... Himself

Natalie Cole ... Herself
Shemekia Copeland ... Herself

Bill Cosby ... Himself
Robert Cray ... Himself

Chuck D. ... Himself

Dr. John ... Himself
Honeyboy Edwards ... Himself

John Fogerty ... Himself

Macy Gray ... Herself

Buddy Guy ... Himself
John Hammond ... Himself

Levon Helm ... Himself

India.Arie ... Herself

David Johansen ... Himself
Larry Johnson ... Himself

Angélique Kidjo ... Herself

B.B. King ... Himself

Chris Thomas King ... Himself

Alison Krauss ... Herself
Lazy Lester ... Himself

Keb' Mo' ... Himself
Odetta ... Herself

Joe Perry ... Guitarplayer / song writer

Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
Vernon Reid ... Himself

Mavis Staples ... Herself

Hubert Sumlin ... Himself

Jimmie Vaughan ... Himself
Kim Wilson ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Antoine Fuqua 
 
Produced by
Jody Allen .... executive producer (as Jody Patton)
Paul G. Allen .... executive producer
Margaret Bodde .... producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
Jack Gulick .... producer
Richard Hutton .... co-producer
Susan Motamed .... co-producer
Martin Scorsese .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Jordan 
 
Cinematography by
Greg Andracke 
Lisa Rinzler 
 
Film Editing by
Bob Eisenhardt 
Keith Salmon 
Philip Shane (co-editor)
 
Production Design by
Tom McPhillips 
 
Production Management
Pamela Hirsch .... production manager
Shoshana Horowitz .... production manager
Kendall McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eve Adair .... first assistant director
John Lowe .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound recordist
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Roger Phenix .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Kenny .... lighting designer
Jay Kulick .... jib operator
Jeff Muhlstock .... Steadicam operator
Kevin Murphy .... Steadicam focus puller
 
Editorial Department
Roger Doran .... colorist
Pat Kelleher .... on-line editor
Alexis Spraic .... assistant editor
Sean Titone .... assistant editor
Calvin Wimmer .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Rob Barnett .... project consultant
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Joshua Dragge .... production assistant
B.J. Miller .... business affairs director
Kat Samick .... assistant: Mr. Fuqua (as Kathlene Samick)
Sean Titone .... production office assistant
 
Thanks
Jeff Scheftel .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Runtime:
103 min | Argentina:108 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | Canada:110 min (Ontario)
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The essence of the Blues, 15 January 2005
Author: terrastar from United States

Lightning in a Bottle was not exactly what I expected. I went into the film expecting more of a documentary, and came out with more of a concert film. Yes, there were bits of history in the film, which were well presented. I am not terribly knowledgeable on the blues; just having enjoyed the music rather than learning it's history. Regardless of what I expected versus what I got, I enjoyed the film.

My favorite scene was simply a great camera angle. Watching Buddy Guy play, from below the guitar, while the light streamed between his deftly moving fingers gave me a feeling that is difficult to describe. Something about the light, and the music, and the hands that brought me there.

Several of the musical numbers were outstanding, notably Buddy Guy, BB King, Natalie Cole and Bonnie Raitt. I also enjoyed some of the "oldsters" like Hooker and Clarence Gatemouth Brown.

When Angélique Kidjo convinced Buddy Guy to come back on stage and accompany her on "Voodoo Chile" I was amazed! She was so full of energy, and she had that old pro wrapped around her tiny finger as she strutted on stage. To me, the performance was electric, and the smile on Guy's face makes me think he agreed.

I also enjoyed watching India.Arie perform Strange Fruit. Her voice is soothing, and there was an underlying passion that I think embodies the blues.

As for Lightning in a Bottle...I think it was described in the film, but not named specifically. It was said that you can write down all the lyrics, and the notes, there is still unmistakably something not present on the page. It takes a blues artist to find the missing essence and infuse it into the performance. If we could bottle it, we'd be millionaires, huh?

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