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Film

The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins + A Well Spent Life

 
 
Sun, Sep 7, 2014
  • 4:30PM
  • 9PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 72min
FORMAT: DCP
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
MEMBERS: $9 (Movie Moguls free)
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $10 (Students 29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Les Blank
 
The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins (1968)

Run time: 31min

 

Lightnin’ Hopkins was a renowned Texas bluesman. With remarkable intimacy, Blank captures his music and musings (“The blues is just a funny feelin’, yet people call it a mighty bad disease”) in this celebration of a legend that doubles as a portrait of the people and culture of Houston, TX—captured vividly at a BBQ and an all-black rodeo.

 
A Well Spent Life (1971)

Run time: 41min

 

Texas sharecropper turned blues guitar great Mance Lipscomb recounts his remarkable life story in one of Blank’s most moving documentaries (and Kurt Vonnegut’s favorite movie). Filmed when the legend was well into his 70s (he didn’t release his first album until age 65), A Well Spent Life captures a remarkably sweet soul who was one of the most revered songsters of all time.