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Thread #88004 Message #2429081
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
02-Sep-08 - 03:28 PM
Thread Name: Anywhere to get Leadbelly movie?
Subject: RE: Anywhere to get Leadbelly movie?
Just want to say the DVD of this movie was waiting for me on the mat when I got home from Fylde last night. I had been waiting for years to get a copy.
I thought it was absolutely terrific. I can understand why both white and black communities in America don't want to dwell on this period. Of course I can.
But as a musiian, this movie has unlocked a door for me which has been sealed for many years. I simply couldn't see what the fuss was about with Leadbelly. I heard people like Pete Seeger saying - the introduction to Fanin Street was a masterpiece, but I couldn't get what he was talking about. Now, I do!
Some of the brutality of the film I will have to skip through when I re-watch this film again. But the setting of Riley Walked the Water as the hounds chased after the escaping prisoner was just stunning. It unlocked a song - that had simply passed over my head.
The acting performances from all the actors were terrific and the music from Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee amongst others was some of the best I've ever heard to any film.
I will be checking the careers of the other actors and musicians on Google in the next few days to see what else they have achieved. But that film was outstanding and should be on school syllabuses.