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Les Blank

Highest Rated: 100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2015)

Lowest Rated: 83% All in This Tea (2007)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1935

Birthplace: Not Available

A theater student at Tulane University and a communications major at U.S.C.-Los Angeles, Les Blank became a professional filmmaker at the age of 29, when he co-directed the documentary featurette Dizzy Gillespie. Blank had articulated his fascination with music, food, and ethnic culture in a series of offbeat full-length documentaries, bearing such titles as Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1979) and In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984). After completing 1981's Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Blank followed Herzog to South America. It was here that Blank assembled his most famous film, Burden of Dreams (1982), a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. Making a rare foray into television in 1983, Blank directed the free-wheeling adaptation of Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad. The subject of numerous major museum retrospectives, Les Blank was honored with the Maya Deren Life Achievement Award. He died in 2013 at the age of 77.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy Director Producer 2015
87% A Poem Is A Naked Person Director Screenwriter $55.1K 2015
No Score Yet Chicken Real Director 2012
No Score Yet Zydeco Director 2012
No Score Yet Gap-Toothed Women Director 2011
No Score Yet God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance Director 2011
No Score Yet Cigarette Blues Director 2011
83% All in This Tea Producer 2007
No Score Yet Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe Director 2003
No Score Yet The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists Director 1995
No Score Yet Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella Director 1995
No Score Yet My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge Director 1995
No Score Yet Innocents Abroad Director 1991
No Score Yet Puamana Director 1991
No Score Yet Marc and Ann - A Visit to Cajun Country with Marc and Ann Savoy Director 1991
No Score Yet J'ai Été au Bal Director 1989
100% Louie Bluie Actor 1985
No Score Yet In Heaven There Is No Beer? Director 1984
No Score Yet Sprout Wings and Fly Director 1983
94% Burden of Dreams Producer Director 1982
No Score Yet Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers Director 1980
No Score Yet Always for Pleasure Director Producer 1978
No Score Yet Del mero corazon Screenwriter Producer Director 1978
100% Chulas Fronteras Director 1976
No Score Yet Dry Wood Director 1973
No Score Yet Hot Pepper: The Life and Music of Clifton Chenier Director 1973
No Score Yet Spend It All Director 1972
No Score Yet A Well Spent Life Director 1972
No Score Yet The Blues Accordin' to Lightin' Hopkins Director Producer 1967
No Score Yet Dizzy Gillespie Director 1965
No Score Yet The Tea Film Director
No Score Yet Hot Pepper + Dry Wood Director

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