Louie Bluie
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Documents the obscure country blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist, Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. Director Terry Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. Full of infectious music and comedy, this is a humane evocation of the kind of pop-cultural marginalia that Zwigoff would continue to make in the coming years.

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Criterion collection
Criterion collection ; 532
Criterion collection ; 532.
African American artists -- Biography.
African American musicians -- Biography.
African Americans -- Music.
Armstrong, Howard, 1909-2003.
Blues (Music)
Biographical films.
Documentary films.
Other Authors:
Armstrong, Howard, 1909-2003.
Bogan, Ted, 1910-1990.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Janus Films.
Knoop, John.
Lewis, Victoria.
Li, Christopher.
Rachell, Yank.
Robinson, Ikey, 1904-1990.
Superior Pictures.
Zwigoff, Terry.
Uniform Title:
Louie Bluie (Motion picture).
Special ed.
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
digital video mono
video file DVD
Target Audience Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985.
Special features: Commentary by director Terry Zwigoff; Unused footage ("State Street Rag", "Nothing in this world for me", A snow dilemma, ".38 Pistol Blues", A grand rascal, "You're nobody until somebody loves you", Waltz, Blues jam, "Mean mistreater blues", "Old Joe Clark", Yank's story); Stills gallery. Booklet: "Something old, new, borrowed, and Bluie" essay by Michael Sragow.
Cinematography, John Knoop and Chris Li ; editor, Victoria Lewis.
Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan, James "Yank" Rachell, "Banjo" Ikey Robinson.
DVD; 1.33:1 aspect ratio; Dolby Digital mono.; NTSC, region 1.
In English with optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Plain old Louie Bluie
Mr. Black Gable
LaFollette, Tennessee
All in the family
Ain't nothin' but a bird
Supply of talk exceeds the demand
Cheat you fair
Color bars.
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Link to PAC
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