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

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In the year 2000, Les Blank, along with co-filmmaker Gina Leibrecht, visited Richard Leacock (1921-2011) at his farm in Normandy, France and recorded conversations with him about his life, his work, and his other passion: cooking! With the flair of a seasoned raconteur, Leacock recounts key moments in his seventy years as a filmmaker and the innovations that he, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and others invented that revolutionized documentary filmmaking, and explores the mystery of creativity. With the passing of both Blank and Leacock, the documentary is a moving insight into the lives of two seminal figures in the history of film.

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The ordinariness of this film-and the flatness of its video-shot images, relative to Blank's beautiful-looking '70s films-isn't a significant drawback, given how eloquent Leacock can be.

August 13, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The great documentarian Les Blank died in 2013 - two years after his mentor, Richard Leacock - but both are warmly present in this set of interviews Blank did with his teacher in France 15 years ago.

August 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like Mr. Leacock's other films, it helps give the "feeling of being there" that he strove for.

August 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Fitfully captivating, though plenty amusing.

August 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Provides a leisurely, insightful history of documentaries that parallels the filmmaker's biography, done in the style he championed, by Les Blank, who he greatly influenced.

August 12, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Engaging look at Ricky Leacock from his friend Les Blank marks a valedictory for both filmmakers.

August 11, 2015 | Full Review…

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