In his own words and his “own own” music, Lightnin’ Hopkins reveals the inspiration for his blues. He sings, jives, ponders. The film reaches past the impish bluesman himself into the Blues itself, into the red clay Texas, into hard times, into blackness, into the senses…
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Less about Lightnin’ Hopkins, more about the blues themselves, as I suppose the title may imply. It’s a mood piece as much as it is a documentary. Maybe it’s better to just call it a document, if that doesn’t sound too formal.
Like many of Blank's other films, this comes across as a slice of life rather than any sort of grand statement. And that's just fine. Getting to hang around with Lightnin' Hopkins while he drinks, plays and talks about music is a special treat. It is loose around the edges but has a clear focus, just like a good blues song.