Cinéma du Réel - International documentary film festival
The Blues: Warming by the Devil’s Fire
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The Blues: Warming by the Devil’s Fire

Charles Burnett

2003 / Germany, U.S.A. / 89 min

i Friday 31 March 16H20 Cinéma 2
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English Original Version Subtitled in French WITH CHARLES BURNETT

Shown with :
When It Rains by Charles Burnett
i Saturday 01 April 17H30 Forum des Images 100
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English Original Version Subtitled in French + INTRODUCTION

Shown with :
When It Rains by Charles Burnett

In 1956, a young boy is sent to Mississippi, to live with his blues-crazy uncle. Fiction, photos and filmed documents intertwine to create the portrait of a world peopled by a host of great musicians, where the memory of slavery lingers on and segregation is rife. We hear Lightnin’ Hopkins, Son House, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Muddy Waters... among others. The “devil of the blues” disturbs the “heavens of the gospel”.

“The sound of the blues was a part of my environment that I took for granted. However, as years passed, the blues slowly emerged as an essential source of imagery, humor, irony, and insight that allows one to reflect on the human condition.” (C.B.)