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Home LocationParis-Bourbon
Call No791.43 DEVI
Title The Blues Brothers : an epic friendship, the rise of improv, and the making of an American film classic / Daniel de Visâe.
Author De Visâe, Daniel, author.
CollectionNEW: Adult 700-799
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StatusHome LocationBarcodeCall NoCreated OnIssue NameCirc Status
 Paris-Bourbon30053003769794791.43 DEVI3/26/2024 Available

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Personal Name De Visâe, Daniel, author.
Title Statement The Blues Brothers : an epic friendship, the rise of improv, and the making of an American film classic / Daniel de Visâe.
Edition Statement First Grove Atlanatic hardcover edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2024.
Physical Description xiii, 386 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume rdacarrier
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-375) and index.
Summary, Etc. "The story of the epic friendship between John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the golden era of improv, and the making of a comedic film classic that helped shape our popular culture. "They're not going to catch us," Dan Aykroyd, as Elwood Blues, tells his brother Jake, played by John Belushi. "We're on a mission from God." So opens the musical action comedy The Blues Brothers, which hit theaters on June 20, 1980. Their scripted mission was to save a local Chicago orphanage. But Aykroyd, who conceived and wrote much of the film, had a greater mission: to honor the then-seemingly forgotten tradition of rhythm and blues, some of whose greatest artists-Aretha Franklin, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles-made the film as unforgettable as its wild car chases. Much delayed and vastly over budget, beset by mercurial and oft drugged-out stars, The Blues Brothers opened to outraged reviews. However, in the 44 years since, it has been acknowledged a classic: it has been inducted into the National Film Registry for its cultural significance, even declared a "Catholic classic" by the Church itself, and re-aired thousands of times on television to huge worldwide audiences. It is, undeniably, one of the most significant films of the 20th century. The story behind any classic is rich; the saga behind The Blues Brothers, as Daniel de Visâe reveals, is epic, encompassing the colorful childhoods of Belushi and Aykroyd; the comedic revolution sparked by Harvard's Lampoon and Chicago's Second City; the birth and anecdote-rich, drug-filled early years of Saturday Night Live, where the Blues Brothers were born as an act amidst turmoil and rivalry; and, of course, the indelible behind-the-scenes narrative of how the film was made, scene by memorable scene. Based on original research and dozens of interviews probing the memories of principals from director John Landis and producer Bob Weiss to Aykroyd himself, The Blues Brothers illuminates an American masterpiece while vividly portraying the creative geniuses behind modern comedy"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Belushi, John
Subject-Personal Name Aykroyd, Dan
Subject Blues Brothers (Motion picture)
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Comedians United States.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Motion pictures History 20th century. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Comedy Social aspects United States.

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