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Les Blank



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
86% A Poem Is A Naked Person
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stevens - John Leguizamo
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans - Richard Rodriguez
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans - John Philip Santos
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans - Achy Obejas
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet La Plaza: Conversations with Ilan Stavans - Luis Rodriguez
  • Director
2001
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 Julie - Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge
  • Director
1991
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
100% 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
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet 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 Blank Buffet
  • Director
No Score Yet Hot Pepper + Dry Wood
  • Director

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