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Chuck Berrry documentary
« on: March 26, 2017, 02:05:35 PM »
Last night our smaller downtown theater, one of the two that Micheal Moore's film festival has created or renovated, had a listing for 11:30 p.m.--"Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll," a documentary of a Chuck Berry 60th birthday concert in St. Louis.  11:30 p.m.?  But what the hell, its Saturday night, and he only other film showing is some Disney remake (no, thank you). So off I go in the rain to the movies.

It was apparently organized by Keith Richards, who plays in it.  We also see a bit of Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, and Linda Ronstadt performing, and interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothes, and Roy Orbison.  The live performances were high-energy and creative versions of Berry's vast output.  We get a bit of insight into Berry's life, showing us some bitterness and regret.  But we also see a guy who was leaping around onstage at age 60 as though he were 25.  We were seeing a projection on the big screen of the DVD.  The video quality was a bit compromised (it was filmed in Panavision but we didn't see film) but the sound from the big theater system was good. You should be able to find it if you want to see Chuck Berry and others.

Chris Campbell


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