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Films By Les Blank

BURDEN OF DREAMS (Les Blank, 1982)
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 drea… Read more

Gap-Toothed Women (Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Chris Simon, Susan Kell, 1987)
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 c… Read more

I WENT TO THE DANCE (Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz, 1989)
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 tas… Read more

IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER? (Les Blank, 1984)
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 o… Read more

Julie: Old Time Tales of Blue Ridge (Les Blank, 1991)
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, th… Read more

Marc and Ann (Les Blank, 1991)
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 n… Read more

Puamana (Les Blank, 1991)
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… Read more

Sprout Wings and Fly (Les Blank, 1984)
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 … Read more

Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (Les Blank, 1995)
... ... 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… Read more

THE MAESTRO: KING OF THE COWBOY ARTISTS (Les Blank, 1994)
... ... 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… Read more

Yum, Yum, Yum!: A Taste of Cajun & Creole Cooking of Louisiana (Les Blank, 1990)
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… Read more

ZIVELI: MEDICINE FOR THE HEART (Les Blank, 1987)
... ... 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 … Read more

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