Written and directed by Darnell Martin , Cadillac Records chronicles the rise of the label Chess Records and its artists . In this story set in the Chicago of the 50s, will feature the exciting, but turbulent lives of some of the great legends of the music of the U.S. The story of how the blues became popular and gave birth to rock & roll begins at a dingy bar in the violent south of Chicago in 1947. In 1955, the artistic family of Chess starred crossover, entering the commercial music of the U.S., with a thin young guy from St. Louis named Chuck Berry (MOS DEF), whose dynamic and frivolous walk, catchy melodies and with a country tinge, marked the birth of R&R. As it became popular, Chess’s musicians, were admired by a new generation of artists , and each of them was winning and loosing a small fortune on booze, women, and life itself. Their addiction began to take their toll. But though the tragedy befell them, their music and remained steadfast spirit.
The film features Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Columbus Short as Little Walter, Mos Def as Chuck Berry and Beyoncé Knowles giving life to Etta James.
- Cadillac Records
- Year: 2008
- Direction: Darnell Martin
- Production: Beyoncé Knowles
- Music: Terence Blanchard
- Photo: Anasta N. Michos
- With: Adrien Brody (Leonard Chess), Beyoncé (Etta James), Jeffrey Wright (Muddy Waters), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Revetta Chess), Gabrielle Union (Geneva Wade), Norman Reedus.