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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

Writer:

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 ... Self
Beck ... Self - Featured Performer
James Blood Ulmer James Blood Ulmer ... Self - Featured Performer
T Bone Burnett ... Self - Featured Performer (as T-Bone Burnett)
Nick Cave ... Self - Featured Performer
Eagle Eye Cherry ... Self - Featured Performer
Shemekia Copeland ... Self - Featured Performer
Cream ... Themselves (archive footage)
Laurence Fishburne ... Self - 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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Connections

Edited into The Blues (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Devil Got My Woman
Written by Skip James (as Nehemiah James)
Performed by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
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Wenders's Self-Celebration
16 June 2004 | by jazzicaSee all my reviews

This film is deeply disappointing. Not only that Wenders only displays a very limited musical spectrum of Blues, it is his subjective and personal interest in parts of the music he brings on film that make watching and listening absolutely boring. The only highlight of the movie is the interview of a Swedish couple who were befriended with J.B. Lenoir and show their private video footage as well as tell stories. Wenders's introduction of the filmic topic starts off quite interestingly - alluding to world's culture (or actually, American culture) traveling in space, but his limited looks on the theme as well as the neither funny nor utterly fascinating reproduction of stories from the 30s renders this movie as a mere sleeping aid. Yawn. I had expected more of him.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2004 (Germany) See more »

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The Soul of a Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$592,910
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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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