Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I Saw the Light 2015

     Country-western singer Hank Williams had a complicated life.  He created a great body of work in American music.  He recorded 35 singles that reached the Top 10 and 11 were ranked number one.  He was born in Alabama and he moved to Georgiana and worked with Spencer Rose.  He then moved to Montgomery and he started his music career in 1937.  He worked at radio station WSFA on a 15-minute program.  Several band members were conscripted into military service during WWII and Hank’s contract was terminated because of his alcoholism.  He married Audrey Sheppard and she was his manager for nearly 10 years.  He signed a contract with MGM records and released a big hit Move it on Over in 1948.  He joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program and one year later he joined the Grand Ole Opry.  He had a painful back condition called spina bifida and had spinal fusion as a correction.  Riding in cars on the bumpy roads of this era during his road trips exacerbated his pain.
     I thought this was good because I have always liked his singing style and his songs.  I didn’t know anything about his background before this film.  I especially like the cars, clothing and hair styles of this period.  Times were a lot different then.  3 1/2* (I liked this movie) 

123 min, Bio directed by Marc Abraham with Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones, Wrenn Schmidt, David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, Wesley Robert Langlois, Joshua Brady, Casey Bond, Michael Rinne, Will Beinbrink.

Note:  Imdb 5.7 out of 10,
Special Note:  Filmed in Shreveport and Minden, Louisiana.  Hiddleston lived with country singer Rodney Crowell in Nashville to develop his singing and guitar country style for this film.

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