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The Soul of a Man (2003)

The dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of director Wim Wenders's favorite blues artists.

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Wim Wenders

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Wim Wenders
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Thomas King ... Blind Willie Johnson
Keith B. Brown Keith B. Brown ... Skip James
James Hughes James Hughes ... H.C. Speirs
David F. Hughes David F. Hughes ... Art Laibly
Shayne Tingle Shayne Tingle ... Recording engineer
Joy Brashears Joy Brashears ... Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barnes David Barnes ... Himself
Beck ... Himself - Featured Performer
James Blood Ulmer James Blood Ulmer ... Himself - Featured Performer
T Bone Burnett ... Himself - Featured Performer (as T-Bone Burnett)
Nick Cave ... Himself - Featured Performer
Eagle Eye Cherry ... Himself - Featured Performer
Shemekia Copeland ... Herself - Featured Performer
Cream ... Themselves (archive footage)
Laurence Fishburne ... Himself - Narrator
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The dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of director Wim Wenders's favorite blues artists.

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Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Duša čoveka See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Connections

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Soundtracks

You Can't Lose What You Never had
Written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield)
Performed by Muddy Waters
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Waste of Time
16 June 2007 | by ebolartSee all my reviews

This really doesn't do the blues justice. It starts out badly with images from the voyager probe and Blind Willie McTell (or was it Blind Lemon Jefferson? Someone blind anyway) apparently narrating from outer space (?) and telling us the life stories of various blues musicians. Corny as it is, this might be the visually most interesting part of this documentary. Afterwards the only thing to see is actors incompetently mouthing the classic tunes, filmed in fake 20s black and white intercut with the likes of Beck and Shemekia Copeland raping the same songs afterwards. This is a good device to show us why the old Blues greats were really so great, but it doesn't make for compelling viewing. There is hardly anything in here that could justify making it a film and not a radio play. Nobody should be forced to see these badly done reenactments. It's a shame for Wenders, Scorsese and especially for the Blues. Avoid at all costs.


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