The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins

Root Event

werkleitz Festival 2008 Amerika
The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins
US 1967

The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins is a portrait of the legendary musician and even more so of his home territory, Texas. Blues, we get to feel in this film, is not only music but a philosophy of life, one that gives expression to the grief that ensues from an experience of permanent injustice and, at the same time, to a great joy in life, which seems to permeate every aspect of every day. Intense observation, the special hallmark of this film, allows the viewer to delve in and be part of the culture, for “If you ever have the blues, remember what I tell you: you will always hear it in your heart”.

Les Blank, US 1967, 31 Min., engl.