The Soul of a Man

The Soul of a Man (2003)

  • Genre: Documentary, Music
  • Release Date: 2003-05-16
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 16 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: Germany, United States of America
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In "The Soul of A Man," director Wim Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite blues artists: Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J. B. Lenoir. Part history, part personal pilgrimage, the film tells the story of these lives in music through an extended fictional film sequence (recreations of '20s and '30s events - shot in silent-film, hand-crank style), rare archival footage, present-day documentary scenes and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians such as Shemekia Copeland, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Garland Jeffreys, Chris Thomas King, Cassandra Wilson, Nick Cave, Los Lobos, Eagle Eye Cherry, Vernon Reid, James "Blood" Ulmer, Lou Reed, Bonnie Raitt, Marc Ribot, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Lucinda Williams and T-Bone Burnett.

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Editing Mathilde Bonnefoy Editor
Directing Wim Wenders Director
Writing Wim Wenders Writer
Camera Lisa Rinzler Director of Photography
Production Samson Mucke Line Producer
Production Alex Gibney Producer
Production Paul Marcus Line Producer
Production Margaret Bodde Producer