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LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Mooks Backbeat Music on Film)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Lightning in a Bottle USA

Echoes of The Last Waltz (1978) abound in this remarkable blues concert film, executive-produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). The stellar line-up of over 50 performers includes: Gregg Allman, James Blood Ulmer, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Solomon Burke, Robert Cray, Chuck D, Dr. John, John Fogerty, Buddy Guy, Angélique Kidjo, B.B. King, Alison Krauss, Keb' Mo', Bonnie Raitt and Howlin' Wolf's guitarist Hubert Sumlin, playing up a storm 10 days after having a lung removed!

'Blues is a wonderful contradiction, a joyous music usually about incredible sorrow. The artists Fuqua records, who are among the very best, have special abilities with voice and instruments that go beyond mere talent. They have the ability to put their lives, the sum of all their joys and sorrows, into this music.

'... Lightning in a Bottle lets the sinfully gorgeous music and emotions sweep over the audience. The energy emanating from the stage is tremendous. Macy Gray doing Hound Dog the way it was meant to be sung, Natalie Cole teaming up with Ruth Brown and Mavis Staples for the jocular Men Are Like Streetcars, Buddy Guy performing Jimi Hendrix's Red House'These are special moments.' -The Hollywood Reporter

D Antoine Fuqua P Alex Gibney, Jack Gulick WS Lightning Entertainment TD 35mm/Col/2004/108mins

Antoine Fuqua was born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1966. Films include: The Replacement Killers (1998), Training Day (2001).

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