Terry Zwigoff

Louie Bluie

Louie Bluie

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Louie Bluie
Cast
Howard Armstrong
Ted Bogan
James “Yank” Rachell
“Banjo” Ikey Robinson
Credits
Director
Terry Zwigoff
Producer
Terry Zwigoff
Editing
Victoria Lewis
Cinematography
John Knoop
Cinematography
Chris Li

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