Cadillac Records Bilingual
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"Cadillac Records" chronicles the rise of Leonard Chess' (Adrien Brody) Chess Records and its recording artists including Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Willie Dixon (Cedric The Entertainer) and the great Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s, the film follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's greatest musical legends.
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Beyonce Knowles is the film's executive producer, and her passion for the music is evident. The performance sequences are plentiful, and extremely authentic. There is a mixture of original recordings being mimed by actors using lip-sync, and songs that are performed by the actor-singers themselves (I dare anyone not to get choked up during Knowles' performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind"). I give credit to the film for being unafraid to portray the musicians without glossing over their personal faults. Muddy Waters was a womanizer; Little Walter was a mean drunk and violent at times; Chuck Berry had an affinity for young women; and Etta James was an emotionally damaged heroin addict. Director Darnell Martin makes no attempt to gloss over these facts, and this lends the movie a real sense of credibility.
If there is one flaw with the film, it's that it seems to lack an emotional core.Read more ›
1. SASS biopic of Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess Records, played by Adrian Brody
2. Quick look at Chicago in the time of segregation
3. Stirring portrayal of Muddy Waters by Jeffrey Wright
4. Short history of Little Walter, played by Columbus Short
5. Quick peek at Chuck Berry, portrayed by Mos Def
6. Quick leer at Etta James, portrayed by Beyonce
7. Passing glimpses of Howlin' Wolf (Eamonn Walker) and Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer)
The problem with this movie is that it doesn't go deep enough into anything, skimming the historical and background stuff to focus instead on cars, cigarettes, alcohol and assorted misbehavior. The main thing you'll learn here is not what made these legends tick, but that they really, really liked Cadillacs.
A good cast, great music and a story that could have been a lot better than this. The stories of these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers deserve more than this superficial skim.
Ces docudrames sont quand même bien embêtants: s'il s'agit d'une fiction, on ne peut vraiment pas prendre des personnages trop récents (ou alors il faut leur donner une autre identité: c'est ce qu'a fait le roman A chicago, un harmonica sanglote le blues (au Seuil) avec Muddy waters. S'il s'agit par contre d'une fresque historique, il faut se documenter sérieusement et ne pas traiter l'Histoire comme s'il s'agissait d'une pièce de théâtre.
The cast performs the original songs and music better than the originals.
A true classic of a motion picture and worthwhile for one's library!
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i give it an AA+++ its awesome good stuff i loved it worth the money paid good deal i recommend to anyone :)Published 21 months ago by gabe a
Great acting, great singing, too much profanity.
Disturbing truths but inspirational to learn about the
little known history of the blues.
Un must pour tout amateur d'histoire de musique. Le jeu de Brody est excellent comme la plupart de ses filmsPublished on May 27 2013 by djunes
THIS WAS A VERY GOOD MOVIE WHICH BEYONCE WAS EXCELLET IN HER ROLE AS ETTA JAMES SHE SANG i RATHER GO BLIND LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE..BRAVO..............Published on Feb. 9 2012 by Danielle
Movie was in perfect condition
case was a bit beat up
but the price was great and it shipped to me within days