Rare Les Blank Screenings in Smell-O-Vision
Do you enjoy life? Do you like food, swapping stories, and bands that make you dance? Are you ALIVE? Meet Les Blank, a guy who partied with some of America’s quirkiest subcultures for over 40 years. He did the hippie shake with some beautiful freaks at a ’67 love-in, got the straight dope from Lightnin’ Hopkins on his porch in 1970, caught Warner Herzog eating his shoe in 1980, and spent most of ’87 chatting up gap-toothed women. Just beginning to scratch the surface here.
The 42 films he made along the way earned him a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute, amongst other honors. Rich in both anthropologial value and an irresistible brand of down-home “truthiness,” the documentaries of Les Blank are marked by intimate glimpses into the lives of passionate people, their kitchens, their families, their heritage, and most importantly, their parties.
La Dolce Video is celebrating its fourth anniversary with rare screenings of three Les Blank’s most loved films:
GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS (1980) 51 min. This is Les Blank most gastronomically obsessional film portrait yet. An exhaustive, lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation, and culinary and curative powers of allium sativum.
WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE (1980) 20 min. Yes, German film director Werner Herzog really does eat his shoe to fulfill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Morris – boldly exemplifying his belief that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of. Inspiring.
ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE (1978) 58 min. An intense insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Blank’s special masterworks.