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It moves away from Russell to something else, somewhere else, to scenes and images that are beside the point. But that is the point.
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.
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.
I like Russell's music, but I learned absolutely nothing about him.
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.
In essence, the real audience for this are Leon Russell aficionados, of which there are fewer today than in 1974.
Not only is Leon Russell's legacy as one of American music's most vibrant composers and performers savored here, so too is Les Blank's intuitive genius as a filmmaker of grit, soul, and heart.
A fascinating mix of 70s style, drug-culture weirdness and old-fashioned country charm.
Between the thrilling concert footage, what emerges is a pungent time capsule of a forgotten fringe of America, ripe for rediscovery.
A glorious time capsule bursting with life.
Unfortunately, most of the film is given over to musicians, baked and bickering endlessly in recording studios.
A brilliant, free flowing depiction of a time, a place and the people who inhabit it.
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