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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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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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Country:

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

Washington D.C. Hospital Blues
Written by Skip James (as Nehemiah James)
Performed by Garland Jeffreys
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There is No Story Here
26 November 2005 | by smulkinSee all my reviews

While all of the musicians that are featured here are great, their lives are not particularly interesting; at least not as far as I can tell from the film. I don't know if their lives were interesting because there is very little information here. It is mostly a mish-mash of performances and re-enactments filmed in the spirit of Hardcopy and Inside Edition (I hear that Wenders and O'Reilly are planning to collaborate on something) The documentary has some interesting performances, but you can get these from the soundtrack album. What's better, the versions on the soundtrack album aren't truncated like the ones in the film.


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