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Louie Bluie

Terry Zwigoff

 
Louie Bluie (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1985
  • 60 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #532

Crumb director Terry Zwigoff’s first film is a true treat: a documentary about the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. As beguiling a raconteur as he is a performer, Louie makes for a wildly entertaining movie subject, and Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. Full of infectious music and comedy, Louie Bluie is a humane evocation of the kind of pop-cultural marginalia that Zwigoff would continue to excavate in the coming years.

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Terry Zwigoff
  • Audio commentary featuring Zwigoff
  • Over thirty minutes of unused footage
  • Illustrations by Howard Armstrong
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow

    Cover illustration by R. Crumb

Film Essays

Louie Bluie: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Bluie

By Michael SragowAugust 09, 2010

San Francisco filmmaker Terry Zwigoff’s first cinematic effort, the 1985 Louie Bluie, is a . . . Read more »

Clippings

Terry Zwigoff Gets the Blues

September 29, 2010

He may be best known for his marvelous movies about misfits, but Terry Zwigoff is also a . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Louie Bluie and Crumb

August 17, 2010

Our twin releases of Terry Zwigoff’sLouie Bluie andCrumb (the former never before available . . . Read more »


Clippings

Zwigoff on Crumb and Louie Bluie

August 11, 2010

When Terry Zwigoff made his debut feature Louie Bluie in 1985, he didn’t have big plans for a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Louie Bluie: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Bluie

By Michael SragowAugust 09, 2010

San Francisco filmmaker Terry Zwigoff’s first cinematic effort, the 1985 Louie Bluie, is a . . . Read more »