Louie Bluie [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1985]

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Special Features

  • Audio Commentary featuring Zwigoff
  • Over thiry minutes of unused footage
  • Illustrations by Howard Armstrong
  • Stills Gallery
  • Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow


Louie Bluie
String band leader Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie) is the joyful, emotive, strutting subject of this tribute by fellow musician and cellist Terry Zwigoff. Filmed at the 1985 Friscofest, Louie's unique Afro-American string band shares the stage with Cab Calloway and with Les Blank and Alan Governar in an entertaining number about the ups and downs of nicotine in Cigarette Blues. Enjoyable for all audiences, Louie Bluie is 60 minutes of happy musical catharsis. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Howard Armstrong
    Howard Armstrong
  • Image coming soon
    Ted Bogan
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