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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 Sragow August 09, 2010

San Francisco filmmaker Terry Zwigoff’s first cinematic effort, the 1985 Louie Bluie, is a wry, ribald, and magical portrait of the country-blues string band player and irrepressible raconteur . . . 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 renowned southern jazz and blues junkie. So it’s a real treat to hear the man gab about music rather than . . . 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 on DVD) are cause for celebration not only for fans of their idiosyncratic director but also for . . . 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 movie career. “My expectations were to show it in my living room to friends,” he explains in a new . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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

By Michael Sragow August 09, 2010

San Francisco filmmaker Terry Zwigoff’s first cinematic effort, the 1985 Louie Bluie, is a wry, ribald, and magical portrait of the country-blues string band player and irrepressible raconteur . . . Read more »