American Masters: Season 18, Episode 7

Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues (23 Jun. 2004)

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The authoritative documentary on Country Music's most influential figure.

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A Poor Documentary
29 October 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

It is very disappointing to see promising and intriguing material wasted with bad structure, a poor script, and amateurish production. Documentarians have to work with a wide range of materials, both in quantity and quality. The filmmakers have used poor contemporary footage over and over in an attempt to somehow disguise the fact that their cleverness and imagination failed them.

Hank Williams was an extremely interesting personality. His influence on country music alone, makes the potential for a great story. However, the documentary's structure is unclear -- gaps in public knowledge left gaping holes in the film. A skillful filmmaker would have been able to overcome this and tell a complete story.

All in all, a potentially fine subject squandered on poor production.


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