Love in Vain a Vision of Robert Johnson
"It's about time." --Bob Dylan"
"Finally someone has captured the central feel of this master musician and his times, and that man is Alan Greenberg. Take my word for it." --Keith Richards
"Magnificently rendered . . . This is no mere biopic. [Greenberg's]" "Johnson is a changeling, flesh-and-blood but mutable and secretive, and he dwells in a world of workaday magic, where his meeting with the devil takes place at the moviehouse in front of a western, and where Charlie Patton's funeral turns into a ferocious soul-claiming contest between Johnson and the Rev. Sin-Killer Griffin. Greenberg not only evokes Johnson in a way that actually enlarges our view of him, he also depicts the blues world of the time, from Mississippi to Texas, in all its variegated splendor and misery." --Luc Sante, "New York Review of Books"
"It may be the best movie you'll see all year--even if it's just inside your head." --"Entertainment Weekly"
""Love in Vain" has accomplished what I have tried to do for a long time: that is, to development screenplays as a new genre of literature which has its own natural right of existence." --Werner Herzog
"The resonances of Robert Johnson's mysterious life and equally mysterious death continue to echo through American music, from blues to country to rock to soul. Alan Greenberg has thoroughly researched and understood the facts of Robert Johnson's career, but more importantly he has boldly and brilliantly reimagined the myth. "Love in Vain" is surreal in the original sense of the word; it transforms the reality of Robert Johnson, his time, his place and his art, into a super-reality--sharp and vivid yet as luminous and elusive as a dream." --Robert Palmer, "New York Times""
""Love in Vain" is a blazingly readable screenplay that I recommend without reservation." --Greil Marcus
"A great, great scr