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A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015)

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An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status; now after more than forty years it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty. (C) Janus

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Shot in the early 70s but shelved for 40 years, this portrait of R&B great Leon Russell (1974) immediately takes its place among the best rock docs.

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

This film was never released in theaters - it was obviously way too far out and ragged for its own good. But it works nicely as a warped time capsule harkening back to strange days.

November 6, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

I like Russell's music, but I learned absolutely nothing about him.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In the '70s, this would've been an unusually intimate tour portrait. Now, it's a newly unearthed time capsule, the remarkable clarity of Blank's portrait compounded by the distance from which we're looking at it.

July 13, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

In essence, the real audience for this are Leon Russell aficionados, of which there are fewer today than in 1974.

July 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"A Poem Is a Naked Person" is a tuneful peculiarity, capturing singer-songwriter Leon Russell and his bandmates, his friends, guest musicians and Oklahoma eccentrics.

July 9, 2015 | Full Review…

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