Filmfest DC Private Screening

Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll

Available in 05d 18h 27m 54s
Available October 2, 2020 4:01 AM UTC
Already unlocked? for access

Give as a gift

This virtual screening is eligible for the Audience Award! Unlock it to cast your vote.
Protected contentThis content can only be viewed in authorized regions: District Of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia.
$9After this content becomes available October 2nd at 4:01 am UTC, you'll have 4 days 23 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 24 hours to finish watching. Need help?

If the history of rock ’n’ roll will be told in great documentaries, add Jon Brewer’s Chuck Berry to the pantheon. In songs like “Maybellene,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “No Particular Place to Go,” Berry was an American storyteller, and his own story is as indispensable to America’s as blues is to rock ’n’ roll. Brewer tells it through unique access to Berry’s family and to musicians who revere him as a guitarist of unmatched agility, a poet of inventive language (like motoratin’ and coolerator) and old truths. On stage, Berry moved like a charismatic butterfly. Off stage, St. Louis’s native son had to be fast and clever to avoid his fate in the segregated South of the 1950s, to become the beloved family man he essentially was, and to be crowned, however belatedly, the actual King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Roll over, Elvis, and tell Mick the news.—Judy Bloch

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    99 min
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    England
  • Premiere
    Washington, DC Premiere
  • Director
    Jon Brewer