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7 Ratings


Directed by Gordon Parks
United States, 1976
Biography, Drama, Musical


Life magazine photographer Gordon Parks directs this biopic about the troubled life of blues singer-guitarist Huddie Ledbetter — aka Leadbelly — who spent time behind bars on two separate murder charges and worked on chain gangs in the South.

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Leadbelly Directed by Gordon Parks

Critics reviews

The movie benefits from a very rich score by the little-known but prolific Fred Karlin, neatly incorporating classic Leadbelly tunes like House of the Rising Son, which is never performed in the film — snippets of it turn up, slowly turning recognizable, until it’s heard almost fully in the last few scenes.
May 02, 2014
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