With this recent batch of new Criterion announcements, one of the more interesting films to get added to the ever growing catalogue is Terry Zwigoff’s first film, the documentary Louie Bluie.
The film follows the obscure country blues performer, and visual artist, Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong, who also happens to be a member of the last known American black string band. The film is not currently available on DVD, and therefore has not been seen by many people.
So, to enlighten people on just what to expect from the film, Criterion has added a clip from the film to their Youtube page, and I must say, I’m really intrigued from what I’ve seen.
Personally, one of my all-time favorite documentaries is Zwigoff’s Bluie follow up, Crumb, and while I was interested just based off the fact that this is Zwigoff’s first film, the clip looks really great. It isn’t much to chew on, running just a tad over 50 seconds, but it looks great, the story seems compelling, and the man himself looks absolutely magnetic on screen. I can’t wait to check this one out when it hits store shelves on August 10.