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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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5 August 2004 (Germany) See more »
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A one night history of the blues
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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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enjoyable documentary See more (16 total) »

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)

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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
enjoyable documentary, 17 July 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

The thing that separates the Blues from many other types of music is that it is an art born of pain and suffering, of a collective experience that includes slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation, discrimination and poverty. With all that to face, who wouldn't be singing the blues? Yet, as with any great art form, the suffering is only a part of the story. For the Blues derives its true energy and strength from the optimism and hope it exudes, that hope for a better future that resides in the human spirit even in the darkest of times. Through the years, the Blues has given voice to the powerless and helped change the world in ways that one never could have imagined a hundred years ago. That is its true legacy.

All of this has been effectively captured in "Lightning in a Bottle," a documentary about a concert held at Radio City Music Hall to commemorate one hundred years of the Blues. The concert organizers gathered some of the greatest legends still alive today - far too numerous to mention - to play and sing together and to pay tribute to the musical trailblazers who went ahead of them (artists like Leadbelly, Billie Holliday etc.). The concert itself has an almost "survey course" feel to it, charting the development and growth of the Blues from its roots in Africa to its flowering as the premiere art form and avenue of expression for millions of oppressed blacks in 20th Century America. The performances are accompanied by behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the artists present at the event as well as by old audio and film clips of many of the seminal performers from the past doing their thing in the recording studio or on stage. Thus, we are given a nicely balanced view of the Blues both past and present.

The musical performances are all first rate, although, in the interest of time, the sets are much shorter than any real Blues fan would probably like them to be. Still, it's great to hear the old standards being performed by world-renowned artists at the peak of their form. If you're a devotee, check out "Lightning in a Bottle." And if you're not a blues fan, check the film out anyway. You might just learn something and have a terrific time listening to all that great music at one and the same time.

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