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Title: Visual Preview with Spiritual Connections BLACK SNAKE MOAN


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Visual Preview with Spiritual Connections BLACK
SNAKE MOAN by david bruce hollywoodjesus.com
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SHORT SYNOPSIS
When Rae, a wild child (and former victim of
sexual abuse) wakes up after a night of partying,
she finds herself in the home of Lazarus, a
former blues player. Rae is attached to a 20-foot
chain held by the well-intentioned Lazarus who
intends to "cure" her of her nymphomania.
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DID YOU KNOW?
The title of the film derives from the Blind
Lemon Jefferson song recorded in 1927.
Previews for the film got widespread release
before screenings of Jackson's recently released
film, Snakes on a Plane. The song featured in
early trailers for the film was "When the Lights
Go Out" from the album Rubber Factory by the
Black Keys. The screening at the 2007 Sundance
Film Festival received major buzz.
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Blind Lemon Jefferson
The films title is derived from an old blues song
That Black Snake Moan Blind Lemon Jefferson
(circa June 1926, Chicago) I - I ain't got no
mama now (x2) She told me late last night, "You
don't need no mama no how Mmm, mmm, black snake
crawlin' in my room (x2) Some pretty mama better
come and get this black snake soon Ohh-oh, that
must have been a bed bug, baby a chinch can't
bite that hard (x2) Ask my sugar for fifty cents,
she said "Lemon, ain't a child in the
yard Mama, that's all right, mama that's all
right for you (x2) Mama, that's all right, most
seen all you do Mmm, mmm, what's the matter
now? Mmm, mmm, honey what's the matter
now? Sugar, what's the matter, don't like no
black snake no how Mmm, mmm, wonder where my
black snake gone? (x2) Black snake mama done run
my darlin' home
Blind Lemon Jefferson (18931929) was an
influential blues singer and guitarist from
Texas. He was one of the most popular blues
singers of the 1920s.
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CAST
Christina Ricci as Rae is a Golden Globe and
Emmy Award-nominated American actress.
Samuel L Jackson as Lazarus is an Academy
Award-nominated American actor.
Justin Timberlake as Ronnie is a pop-singer, and
actor. He came to in pop boy band 'N Sync.
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CREW
PRODUCER John Singleton is the youngest person
ever nominated for Best Director at the 1991
Academy Awards for "Boyz N the Hood".
THE DIRECTOR Craig Brewer also the screenwriter.
His 2005 movie Hustle Flow won the Audience
Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
PRODUCER Stephanie Allain also produced Something
New (2006) , Hustle Flow (2005), and Biker Boyz
(2003).
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Christina Ricci
It was a critic for the Bergen Record who
discovered Ricci at age eight in a school play .
She became involved in the movie business doing
several commercials until she finally got her big
screen debut in Richard Benjamin's Mermaids
(1990). The following year, she starred as the
morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in the hit
film adaptation of The Addams Family. The role
would help to establish Ricci as an actress known
for playing dark, unconventional characters. Her
next project was the box office hit Casper, and
she has since become a top box office draw.
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Samuel L. Jackson
He is an Academy Award-nominated American actor.
Jackson came to fame in the early 1990s, after a
series of well-reviewed performances, and has
since become a major film star and cultural icon,
having appeared in a large number of
high-grossing films. He is currently working on
nine films that will debut between 2007 and 2008.
Jackson has noted that he chooses roles that
have an "interesting character inside of a
story", and that in his roles he wants to do
"things he saw as a kid and wanted to do and
now have an opportunity to do".
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Craig Brewer
Craig Brewer was mostly unknown before Hustle
Flow and his first film, The Poor the Hungry
(2000), was produced using a 20,000 inheritance.
Hustle Flow was financed by filmmaker John
Singleton, who mortgaged his house to pay for the
film. Brewer's subsequent project, Black Snake
Moan, began filming in September 2005. Like
Hustle Flow, Black Snake Moan was filmed in
Memphis, Tennessee. Production completed on Black
Snake Moan in October 2005 and it will be
released in 2007. A new film, Maggie Lynn, is
currently in production.
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EXTENDED SYNOPSIS
There was a time when Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson)
played the blues a time he got Bojo's Juke Joint
shakin' back in the day. Now he lives them.
Bitter and broken from a cheating wife and a
shattered marriage, Lazarus' soul is lost in
spent dreams and betrayal's contempt.
Samuel L. Jackson
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EXTENDED SYNOPSIS
Everything was one got-the-blues day after
another until one day he was taking out the
trash. He saw something that would change
everything… Of course with a name like Lazarus
- ya gotta know resurrection is just around the
corner.
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EXTENDED SYNOPSIS
Christina Ricci
A Rae of sunshine enters Lazarus bluesy life
in the form of Rae (Christina Ricci). Half naked
and beaten unconscious, Rae is left for dead on
the side of the road when Lazarus discovers her.
She is in the need of a Lazarus-type of
resurrection.
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EXTENDED SYNOPSIS
Note the crucified position a literal sacrificed
lamb.
The God-fearing, middle-aged black man quickly
learns that the young white woman he's nursing
back to health is none other than the town tramp
from the small Tennessee town where they live.
Cinematic pun Taking out the old trash he
returns with new trash.
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EXTENDED SYNOPSIS
She had hopes on Ronnie (Timberlake), but
unfortunately for her, he ships off for boot camp.
Refusing to know her in the biblical sense,
Lazarus decides to cure Rae of her wicked ways
and vent some unresolved male vengeance of his
own. He chains her to his radiator, justifying
his unorthodox methods with quoted scripture.
Preacher R.L. (Cothran) intervenes, but it is
Lazarus and Rae who redeem themselves. Unleashing
Rae emotionally, Lazarus unchains his heart,
finding love again in Angela (Merkerson). By
saving Rae, he frees himself.
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SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS
BLACK SNAKE MOAN Review by David Bruce
A very sensuous cinematic story about the
perplexing condition of the human heart and the
healing power of music and passionate friendship.
Christina Ricci will long be remembered for her
portrayal of a woman out to find redemption and
salvation through sexual behavior that is
ultimately destructive. In fact, this is the
beginning point of the film as she lies beaten
and near death on the roadside. Samuel L.
Jackson is her redeemer. Actually, they become
each others path to healing from past
relationships that continues to cripple both of
them. She was abused as a child and he suffers
from the heartbreak of a cheating ex-wife. The
two are connected powerfully (as the chain
holding Rae symbolizes). The chain also
underscores the needed quest to be free from all
that binds. Here is the true meaning of the blues
in its most raw form.
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SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS
BLACK SNAKE MOAN Review by David Bruce
Black Snake Moan presents music as a healing
agent both physically and spiritually. Screenwri
ter-director Craig Brewer likes to make films
about how music can heal people. - Kirk
Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
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SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS
BLACK SNAKE MOAN Review by David Bruce
Applicable to both Lazarus and Rae is this from
Sri Madhava Freedom, then, lies only in our
innate human capacity to choose between different
sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self
esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all
our lives. Even though Lazarus and Rae have
chosen far from perfect paths to find redemption,
it is Thomas Troward who reminds us Our
repeated failure to fully act as we would wish
must not discourage us. It is the sincere
intention that is the essential thing, and this
will in time release us from the bondage of
habits which at present seem almost insuperable.
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