The muddied waters of time,
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This review is from: Muddy Waters: Classic Concerts [DVD]  (DVD)
Archive film from this long ago is always going to pose a problem. Compared to modern techniques the style is basic and unvaried. There are some different viewing angles, but otherwise it's Muddy and friends playing the blues.
And that of course is the purpose of the film. The man oozes charisma from every pore and his timing both vocally and with his guitar are immaculate and apparently effortless. Blues enshrines a beautiful irony or paradox. The singer is one moment beaten, downtrodden, exploited, hopeless, desperate, disillusioned and depressed; and the next moment a supreme human specimen ultimately attractive to the opposite gender, powerful, dominant, enduring no opposition. Muddy flips from one to the other with charm and confidence. The film reveals this unbelievable quality of his to be innocent and knowing at the same time. A master of his art.