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Chuck Berry: 1926-2017

Chuck Berry, who died this weekend at the age of 90, was a great many things, but one thing he was not was an actor. His minimalist line readings, when he had lines, in mid-fifties films like “Rock, Rock, Rock,” “Mister Rock and Roll,” and “Go Johnny Go” were perhaps even less than one would expect. And yet. If you ever want to see a movie performer burn a hole in the screen with just his eyes, take a look at the 1987 documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll,” directed by Taylor Hackford to commemorate Chuck’s birthday.
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