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Films By Les Blank

A fascinating and controversial look at the ill-starred production of Werner Herzog's five-years-in-the-making feature, Fitzcarraldo. Set in the jungle of Peru, Fitzcarraldois the story of a mad dreamer who will stop at nothing to realize his ideal. ... Like his central character, Herzog takes on ... Read more
What do model Lauren Hutton, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, truck driver Rena Morena, Chaucer's 'Wife of Bath', cartoonist Doris Seda, Cleopatra, and belly dancer Sharlyn Sawyer have in common? The answer: they all have a space between their two front teeth. Blank and his co-filmmakers ... Read more
Several films have been made on , the infectious Cajun and Zydeco music of South West Louisiana (including Spend It All, Hot Pepper and Dry Wood by Les Blank), but until now, none has tackled the task of putting the most important musicians of the past and present into a historical context. We're ... Read more
As versatile an ethno-musicologist as Mr Blank is, his approach to his material involves at least as much warmth as scholarship. The music, as depicted here, becomes a natural unfiltered reflection of people's lives and values, as well as something that fills them with delight In Heaven There Is No ... Read more
The star of Julie is Julie Jarrell Lyons, who was born in 1903 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In telling the stories of her life, Julie evokes in an inimitable way a world gone by, the memories that lie behind a patchwork quilt or a yellowed daguerreotype. ... Read more
Les Blank's Flower Films presents the latest m a series of films on Louisiana and Caj'un cul­ture by filmmakers Les Blank, Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon. "It bit me and got a hold of me and I never could get it out of my blood" is how Marc Savoy describes the begin­ning, at age seven, of ... Read more
Puaniana is a portrait of the elegant and vener­ated Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers. The name Puamana is central to Inngard's life — it is the name of the family homestead, of the Hawaiian musical group she formed with two daughters and a niece, and of her most ... Read more
There are no naked women in Les Blank's film, but the music is equally good. It is a touching tribute to Appalachian culture in the form of a profile of the legendary mountain fiddler, Tommy Jarrell - “I eat when I'm hungry, I drink when I'm dry. If I get to feeling much better I'm going to ... Read more
... ... At the start of his brand-new documentary on master Afro-Cuban drummer and composer Francisco Aguabeila, Les Blank throws us right into the heat and passion of a 1985 Aguabeila gig at Cesar's Latin Palace in San Francisco. The drum comes alive under Aguabella's hands, spinning rhythms that ... Read more
... ... The latest work in documentary magician Les Blank's ongoing celebration of humanity at its most sociable and creative is this loving por­trait of an entertainer and artist provocateur who defies categorisation (a rather Blankian trait!). ... ... ... For close to twenty years Gerry ... Read more
Les Blank marries his obsession with spicy, down home food and his fascination for the Cajuns and Creoles of Southern Louisiana, to create this mouth watering exploration into the cooking and culture of the region. From the bayous and prairies where this unique cuisine originated, to the New ... Read more
... ... Les Blank's long association with the Melbourne Film Festival ' continues with Ziveli, an anthropologtcal document on the culture and music of the Serbian-American communities of Chicago and California. ... ... ... 'Although the Serbs are a relatively small ethnic group, they have ... Read more
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