|THE BLUES ACCORDIN' TO LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS ( (director/writer: Les Blank; cinematographer: Les Blank; editor: Maureen Gosling; cast: Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb; Runtime: 31; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Les Blank; Janus: 1970)|
documentary features the great Texas blues
singer Lightnin' Hopkins."
by Dennis Schwartz
was born Sam John Hopkins, but changed to Lightnin'
Hopkins after recording his first album at age 34
in 1946. The Les Blank' ("In
Heaven There Is No Beer?"/"Burden of
Dreams"/"A Well Spent Life") likable
short documentary features the great Texas blues
singer Lightnin' Hopkins, who tells us
the blues is a feeling that overcomes one and the
singer's job is to convey to the listener his
always the simple life, Hopkins is seen in the
1967 film, shot in Texas, fishing, performing,
interacting with friends, musicians (like
guitarist Mance Lipscomb) and relatives, and story
telling. Most poignant tale is about the time he
was in N.C. and went into a ditch trying to avert
hitting a black pig on the road. The corrupt cop
brings him to the corrupt butcher traffic court
judge, who fines him $500 after insulting him.
When the judge asks if you were ever up before me
before, Hopkins responds by saying I don't know
what time you get up. The moral of the story is to
be wary about doing good deeds.
REVIEWED ON 8/5/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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