The Blues, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, consists of seven feature-length films that capture the essence of the blues while exploring how this art form so deeply influenced music and people the world over. "Our goal never was to produce the definitive work on the blues," Scorsese added. "It was, from the start, to create highly personal and impressionistic films as seen through the eyes of the most creative directors around with a passion for this music." The Blues is the culmination of a great ambition for Scorsese -- to honor the music he loves, to preserve its legacy and to work closely with talented feature film directors united in their desire to celebrate this art.
This seven-film television series contains personal and impressionistic feature-length films viewed through the lens of seven world-famous directors who share a passion for the music. The films, by Scorsese, Charles Burnet... SEE MORE >>
Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Time Code) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Tom Jones, performing and talking about the music of the early sixties British invasion that reintroduc... SEE MORE >>
Director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboys, Brooklyn Babylon) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to Chess Records) to explore the heyday of Chicago ... SEE MORE >>
Director Charles Burnett (My Brother's Wedding, To Sleep with Anger) presents a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in the 1950s, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of... SEE MORE >>
Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of Faith) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis f... SEE MORE >>
Director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club; Paris, Texas) explores the lives of his favorite blues artists -- Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir -- in part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film ... SEE MORE >>
Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels to Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesme... SEE MORE >>