The Blues Brothers

Series: Mississippi Records Music & Film

Yes, THE BLUES BROTHERS played ad nauseam on TV in the 1980s. Yes, it is filled with tropes that are now (or maybe always have been ) totally boring cliches. Yes, being a hugely popular and known movie makes it a beyond-weird choice for the Mississippi Records Music & Film Series - a series trying to shed light on seldom-seen and marginalized movies. Yet still, visions of it have haunted our dreams for many years and an itch exists deep within us all to revisit it. We can't stop thinking of the Blues Mobile plowing through a line of Illinois Nazis or a Mall or about John Belushi glowing in church while James Brown sings "Can you feel it" or about Aretha Franklin's disgust as she takes an order for "4 fried chickens and a coke" or the most expensive car chase / crash scene in the history of cinema. Let go of your inhibitions and your probably righteous prejudices and come and enjoy this classic on 35mm! 

The screening will be proceeded by a very brief slide show about the problematic nature of the film, the mythology of soul music, and how THE BLUES BROTHERS is somewhat responsible for the demise of the very music it tried to prop up.

John Landis
Assistive Listening
Wheelchair accessible
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin