“Love is the best, most insidious, most effective instrument of social repression”
Mae Mercer backed up by Sunnyland Slim on piano, Sonny Boy Williamson on harmonica and Hubert Sumlin on guitar.
What came unbidden to me the first time I watched this remarkable clip was how I much I suspected that Ranier Werner Fassbinder would have thrilled to this theatrically staged, but authentically tragic, blues number.
That is, considering Fassbinder's admitted fascination with the American melodramas
( melodrama - literally music and drama) of Douglas Sirk... and with Sirk's uncanny ability to infuse extreme artifice with believable emotion. That paradoxical combination, exemplified in the American director's infamous Imitation of Life - and as evidenced, at an even more distant ironic remove, in Fassbinder's parable of damnation... Station Master's Wife.