"Or so Mr. Bomar would explain the collaboration that has now produced a second provocative, music-rich look at suffering and sex on the Mississippi: Black Snake Moan, scheduled for release this month by Paramount Vantage.
"'To me Craig's films are regional the same way Fellini's were about Rome, where it's really the main character in his films, Mr. Bomar said in a recent interview in a Sunset Strip coffee shop. 'With Craig I think its Memphis and the mid-South.'
"'A lot of the music in Fellini's films is like these ancient folk melodies that Rota incorporated into the score,' he continued. 'And with Black Snake Moan, and even Hustle & Flow, I looked at it that way. It's like theres music in the air in Memphis. You can just grab it. It's ancient, and it's just a part of the dirt.'