Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
In this tale of sex, violence, race, and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
This film is worth catching if you like the music (of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and others). (Although, having said that, a standout is an overplay of Elvis singing 'My Babe').
On checking the cast I was surprised to see Berry was played by Mos Def - an actor I was disappointed by in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He's really good here, as are Eamonn Walker as Wolf and Jeffrey Wright as Waters. There's also a nice turn from Suzette Gunn as the powerhouse Minnie Ripperton.
The 'plot', such as it is, is embellished, especially the latter half of the film which centres on record label supremo Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) and…
Sometimes real life isn't interesting enough to make a movie about it.
I'm sad that this movie got shoved so far off most people's radar. In terms of musical biopic structure, it's pretty formulaic, but it makes up for that with a ton of heart, a ton of energy, and a veritable bounty of straight-up incredible music. Beyonce Knowles, channeling Etta James to an almost eerie degree, completely steals the show.
It's very great for me, a big blues fan, to get some more knowledge about it. The best part was to see their real faces, all the time... I could really recriate all these scenes, imagining themselves singing, talking and everything. I think I got the blues again. I'm in love.
A moderately distracting musical biopic that, as you'd expect, is particularly reverent to the legacy of Chess Records. [The slightly confusing title comes from its founder Leonard Chess' - here played by Adrien Brody - auspicious beginnings selling his groundbreaking blues productions out of the back of his cadillac.] As a celebration of the desegregation of popular music that paved the way for rock 'n' roll, hip-hop and all future movements that would bring heretofore exclusively black sounds into white homes, it draws obvious parallels to these future developments right down to the casting of figures from the worlds of R&B (Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James) or hip-hop (Mos Def as Chuck Berry), or the rock star/rapper-style debauchery practised by…
A fairly interesting fictionalized history of Chess Records, narrated by Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer). Fans of the music of this era will probably be able to separate fact from fiction and fill in the blanks (like the near-total absence of Leonard's brother Phil), but for everyone else this will probably be an enjoyable and informative 109 minutes about Chess Records and the colorful personalities that recorded for them (primarily Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Etta James and Chuck Berry). The hardships endured by black musicians during the period covered here (mid-40's-late '60's) as their music made it's way into the mainstream are perhaps a bit underplayed in this film, but there's enough here to give you…
Cadillac Records is a pretty by-the-numbers biopic with some great musical performances. The film is pretty average in every way, but is saved by the excellent vocal performances throughout. I really don't have much to say about it. Nothing really stands out.
Strong performances all around but a little sloppy in execution.
"Give me money, money, more than I need; I got Cadillac dreams waitin' on me!" That song is corny in a way only Kiss can be, although I have just indulged in dynamite blues, soul and rock n' roll classics that were, in turn, probably lame to the classical pianist who signed practitioners of those styles onto his label. Hey, the cracker behind Chess Records must have been all about the black man's blues, as he faced his share of oppression and sorrow during the Holocaust... right? Hm, let's see, where have I seen Adrien Brody in another biopic about a Polish Jew with a passion for music? Yeah, this is a good bit more upbeat than "The Pianist", and…
the movie was perfect i can't believe people who rated it lowly
this movie was perfect. i can't people who rated it lowly on imdb
Cadillac Records does exactly what a movie about a music record label should do. Makes music the real star. And that's why you don't care about its conventional structure or its lack of real dramatic conflict and you enjoy the ride.
I'm probably one of the few people out there who is a huge fan of many of the musicians whose lives and music are depicted here. As a harmonica player, Little Walter is obviously my idol. And as a fan of the blues, Muddy Waters and especially Howlin' Wolf are some of my favorite musicians.
Maybe that's why this movie rubbed me the wrong way. It didn't seem to do these musicians justice. With the exception of Muddy Waters, played brilliantly by Jeffrey Wright, most of the musicians seem like parodies. The film certainly is way too shallow.
Every time something innovative happened musically, the way the characters reacted reminded me of like a Wikipedia article on one of the…
As histórias do blues e do jazz me fascinam mais a cada contato.
Quanto ao filme, gostaria de ver alguns pontos sendo mais explorados, contados sem tanta pressa, mesmo que isso rendesse mais 30/40 minutos.
Na hora de fechar com chave de ouro, a Beyonce, que vinha numa ótima atuação - e linda como sempre - deixou rolar uma emersão, mas nada capaz de estragar a obra.
Excellent film about Chess Records from the early 1940s to the late 1960s.
Feels like part of the film was an excuse for Beyoncé to do her best Etta James covers. Not that she does so poorly, just that those parts just felt more like marketing than film. Co-executive produced by Beyoncé Knowles, which explains both that feeling, and also that her name is on the cover while other actors and characters have more important roles.
Good film otherwise.
This is a detailed list of movies that revolve around rock or are great bio-pictures about a musician/group. This list…
movies directed by women
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