Vincent Price plays, a desperate and lonely man who’s left alone in an apocalyptic world,
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is the last man left on earth. He has no choice but to become a reluctant vampire hunter. A thought-provoking, creepy classic.
A naval officer and former deserter, is drawn back to the Navy when World War II begins. He re-enlists under an assumed name. Working as a minesweeper, he struggles to stay alive and keep his true identity a secret.
In 1865, the rightful ruler of Lichtenburg, Zona, has had her power usurped by dictator General Gurko Lanen. When the Count of Monte Cristo visits on behalf of the king of France, he falls for Zona and vows to help her.
Directed by Mike Figgis
Director Mike Figgis (Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, Time Code) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Tom Jones, performing and talking about the music of the early sixties British invasion that reintroduced the blues sound to America.
During the 1960s, the UK was the location for a vibrant social revolution. London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle all had their own music scenes. Musicians from Belfast and Glasgow moved to London to be part of the club scene there.
The post-war traditional jazz and folk revival movements produced the fertile ground for a new kind of blues music — entirely influenced by the authentic black blues of the USA, and, for the most part, entirely ignored by the good citizens of the US. It was new in the sense that certain key musicians took the blues and molded it in an entirely personal way to fit the new awareness of the UK in the sixties. Importantly, for the most part they continued to pay homage to the originators of the music and to make a huge global audience aware of the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King, etc.
Mike Figgis’ film examines the circumstances of this vibrant period. Figgis himself participated, albeit in a minor way, in this period of history, playing in a blues band with Bryan Ferry, a band that was the nucleus for the first Roxy Music.
A series of musical interviews with the key players of the blues movement is augmented with a live session at the famous Abbey Road recording studios. Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, and Lulu all improvise around some classic blues standards, accompanied by a superb band made up of younger and not-so-younger-musicians. The results are electrifying.
Says Figgis: “I’m interested in why there was such excitement about this black music among Europeans. To that end, I’ve put together a group of these musicians, augmenting the line-up with some younger talent as well. Hopefully the resulting recording session of some blues standards, and the discussions that follow, shine some light on why at a particular moment the blues was reinterpreted abroad and reintroduced in a new form that was universally embraced.”
Performances in Red, White & Blues
Big Bill Broonzy *
Alexis Korner *
Sonny Terry * & Brownie McGhee *
Rolling Stones *
Sister Rosetta Tharpe *
Muddy Waters *
Lead Belly *
*indicates archival performance
Interviews in Red, White & Blues
Directed by Richard Pearce
Written by Robert Gordon
Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of Faith, A Family Thing) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce’s homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin’ Wolf and Rufus Thomas.
Says Pearce: “The Blues is a chance to celebrate one of the last truly indigenous American art forms, before it all but disappears, swallowed whole by the rock and roll generation it spawned. Hopefully we’ll get there before it’s too late.”
Performances in The Road to Memphis
Fats Domino *
Rosco Gordon *
Little Richard *
Howlin’ Wolf *
The Coasters *
*indicates archival performance
Interviews in The Road to Memphis
Chris Spindel (WDIA program officer)
Don Kern (WDIA Production Manager)
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor
Cato Walker III
Little Milton Campbell