THE HARDER THEY COME
1972, International Films, 120 min, Jamaica, Dir: Perry Henzell

The world’s first contact with Jamaica and reggae music, before Bob Marley broke big and England fell in love with the sound. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, a country boy who travels to the big city with dreams of recording a song. Turning to a life of crime in desperation, Ivan does achieve his dream of being famous when he becomes Jamaica's most wanted man - and his song becomes a big hit. Director Perry Henzell’s masterpiece uses this odyssey as the basis for a forceful study of corruption of all kinds, all set to a fantastic soundtrack, feeling at times like a musical TAXI DRIVER. Originally released by Roger Corman, THE HARDER THEY COME became a midnight movie sensation and inspired The Clash’s "The Guns of Brixton."


U2 3D
2008, National Geographic, 85 min, USA, Dir: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington

This dazzling concert film follows one of the world’s biggest rock bands performing to stadiums full of fans in South America and Australia in 2006 during the Vertigo tour. Along with selections from their then-current album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the 14 songs heard here include such U2 classics as “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “One.” Cutting-edge digital 3-D technology and 18 cameras were used to capture all the excitement from Bono and the band and produce an experience “even better than the real thing.”


AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM
2010, Kino Lorber, 83 min, USA, Dir: Jacob Hatley

A founding member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Band, Levon Helm is the focus of this intimate documentary, which captured the singer/drummer at his Woodstock, N.Y., home as he was recording his Grammy-winning comeback album, Dirt Farmer.


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