After his brother Joel, who signed “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, Ethan Coen is in turn directing his first solo film. With “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind”, he looks at a controversial rock’n’roll legend who has outlived many of his peers, including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Jerry Lee Lewis – Trouble in Mind : a documentary on the “Killer”
Presented in special screening at 75and Cannes film festival, Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind is Ethan Coen’s first solo production, who has paused her collaboration with her brother Joel. In 1h15, the filmmaker devotes himself to the eventful life of the first true “bad boy” of rock’n’roll.
The seventh art has already leaned on the interpreter of Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. Besides his musical appearance in drugged youth, Jerry Lee Lewis is portrayed by Dennis Quaid in the biopic Great Balls of Fire! Waylon Payne then lends him his features in walk the linea biopic by James Mangold on Johnny Cash in which the two artists toured with Elvis Presley.
The three legends also made their debut at Sun Records. Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind obviously evokes the arrival of the “Killer” within the famous label of Sam Phillips, as well as his childhood in Louisiana where he spends most of his time on his piano offered by his parents, then the colossal success he meets with Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. Rather than involving relatives, the film almost only includes interviews with the musicianwhich gives it its originality.
A controversial musician plagued by demons
Short but comprehensivethe documentary succeeds in retracing the artist’s journey while constantly highlighting his amazing performances on stage. From his controversial marriage to his cousin Myra Gale Brown when she was 13 years old, to his addictions, to his feisty temper, his guilt and his conversion to country music, the film shows everything from Jerry Lee Lewis based on most often on his testimonies.
Classic but mastered, Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind allows Ethan Coen to continue to explore American myths and its paradoxes, but also the creative process to which an artist can devote himself body and soul by refusing to compromise. Themes that resonate with Barton Fink, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and Inside Llewyn Davis.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind does not have a release date in France.