Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
STAX REVUE 1967
Reelin' in the Years Productions,
A platinum gem recently unearthed in the vaults of Norwegian TV and the only surviving full-length film of the legendary 1967 Stax Revue - the European tour that sparked the soul revolution. Beautifully shot with multiple cameras in a controlled studio environment with quality sound, we get to experience the excitement that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Booker T. & The MGs brought to Europe in that halcyon tour. Features Otis Redding’s full five-song set.
Sissy Spacek turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Loretta Lynn, who rises from poverty to become one of the most popular country singers of all time. The Band’s Levon Helm makes his film acting debut as father to Lynn and her seven siblings, and Tommy Lee Jones excels as Lynn's troubled manager and husband, who drives his wife to success but has a hard time dealing with the end result.
Rita Chiarelli, Canada's “Queen of the Blues,” takes a pilgrimage to the genre’s birthplace: Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, aka Angola Prison, once the bloodiest prison in America. Rita's trip turns into a historic jailhouse tour-de-force as she plays and riffs with inmates serving life sentences, and draws striking revelations from them. Guided by Chiarelli's ebullient personality, a remarkable story of hope and a quest for forgiveness comes to the fore in Bruce McDonald’s moving documentary about the power of music to those both free and behind bars.