Warming By the Devil’s Fire – Charles Burnett (documentary film 2003)

“The Warming by the Devil’s Fire” 2003 by Martin Scorsese

Director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother’s WeddingTo Sleep with Anger) presents a tale about a young boy’s encounter with his family in Mississippi in the 1950s, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues.
Says Burnett: “The sound of the blues was a part of my environment that I took for granted. However, as years passed, the blues slowly emerged as an essential source of imagery, humor, irony, and insight that allows one to reflect on the human condition. I always wanted to do a story on the blues that not only reflected its nature and its content, but also alludes to the form itself. In short, a story that gives you the impression of the blues.”

Performances in The Warming by the Devil’s Fire
Big Bill Broonzy 
Elizabeth Cotten 
Reverend Gary Davis 
Ida Cox
Willie Dixon 
Lightnin’ Hopkins 
Son House 
Mississippi John Hurt
Vasti Jackson
Bessie Smith
Mamie Smith 
Victoria Spivey
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Dinah Washington
Muddy Waters 
Sonny Boy Williamson 

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