This week the first two films of cult director Terry Zwigoff get the Criterion treatment. Zwigoff's debut film, the documentary Louie Bluie (1985) tells the story of Howard Armstrong, a fiddle and mandolin virtuoso who ages ago recorded one of Zwigoff's favorite records, "State Street Rag." The documentary finds him still spry in his mid-70s, and he lived another 18 years after the film was released. The movie contains some terrific quasi-blues music, though Zwigoff insists that "it's only 10 percent of what he can really do."
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