Take Me to the River


Take Me to the River

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Scattered and uneven, Take Me to the River never adds up to much in terms of narrative documentary, but the music it honors is more than powerful enough to compensate.



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"Take Me to the River" is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Featuring Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars and many more. (C) Abramorama

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  • Flawed as it is, "River" reminds us where all the great music came from.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Three of the guitar marvels shown here - Hubert Sumlin, Teenie Hodges and Skip Pitts - have died since filming. This is a marginal but worthwhile footnote to their legacy.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The premise for this documentary couldn't be more stilted, and some of the matchups are enough to make you wince. But there are a few striking intergenerational moments.

    Sep 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • There's some talk about the collaboration's significance, and there's some racially charged history to relate, but the real point is to hear these oldsters one last time, to remember and maybe even discover what they gave us.

    Sep 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • "Take Me to the River" includes just enough history of the civil rights era to lend it gravitas. The color-blind recording practices of studios like Stax were an anomaly at the time and are well worth noting.

    Sep 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Take Me to the River" is at its most interesting when zeroing in on the back-and-forth between musicians of different eras ...

    Sep 11, 2014 | Full Review…

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