Short Films of Les Blank I

Short Films of Les Blank I
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Chicken Real
One of Blank's industrial films, which follows a Holly Farms "broiler" chicken from factory incubation to the barbecue pit at a county fair. Hilarious, disturbing but, ultimately simply surreal. Includes…
Cigarette Blues
This is a microcosmic Les Blank film in which bluesman Sonny Rhodes simultaneously addresses three of the filmmaker's longstanding obsessions: death, cigarette smoking and the nature of the blues. Soundtrack…
The Sun's Gonna Shine
A lyrical recreation of Lightnin' Hopkins' decision at age eight to stop chopping cotton and start singing for a living. Folklorist/Ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax called Blank's stunning and elegiac short on…
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie, Les Blank's earliest music film, focuses on the renown trumpet player, who along with Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and others sparked the change from traditional Jazz…
Running Around Like a Chicken with Its Head Cut Off
Les Blank's first student film, starring Gail Blank, Pieter Van Deusen, and Les himself. An hommage to Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal, the film that inspired Blank to become a filmmaker.

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Short Films of Les Blank II
Five short films from Les Blank Films.
Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists
This documentary from Les Blank follows the indomitable Gerald "The Maestro" Gaxiola, who turned to a life of prolific art making after years as an aircraft mechanic, traveling salesman, and body builder.
The Arch
When The Arch opened in Paris, it received the most consistently positive reviews of any film to ever play in the "city of light". Set in 17th Century China, this film is considered the first art film in the Chinese language. Deals with the sexual repression of a beautiful widow..."the…
Innocents Abroad
A warmly amusing look at a bus-full of American tourists on a whirlwind tour of Europe. The eclectic soundtrack includes Mozart, Bob Dylan, Sandy Denny, Jonathan Richman, others. Innocents Abroad takes an amusing look at how Europeans and Americans stereotype each other, and also examines the validity of twentieth-century-style high…
Hot Pepper
This is an energetic portrait of the Grammy-winning Creole musician Clifton Chenier, a.k.a. the King of Zydeco; Blank beautifully captures his music's propulsive, foot-tapping joy.
Sprout Wings and Fly
This is a warm depiction of the life of old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Yes, German film director Werner Herzog really does eat his shoe to fulfill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Morris -- boldly exemplifying his belief that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of.
Dry Wood
Les Blank ventured back to Southwest Louisiana for this work of ramshackle beauty, an immersion in the region's black Creole community that teems with delightful detail.
Burden of Dreams
For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this…
J'ai ete au bal [I Went to the Dance]
The definitive film, by Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz, on the history of the toe-tapping, foot-stomping music of French Southwest Louisiana. The film includes many Cajun and Zydeco greats, featuring Michael Doucet and BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Marc and Ann Savoy, D.L. Menard, and many others.
Short Films of Les Blank III [Student Films]
Les Blank attended USC School of Cinematic Arts and pursued a Ph.D. in communications. These sudent films, made from 1960-1962, represent his initial interest in making narrative films. Three of the films freature his wife at the time, Gail Blank, and he himself appears in two of the films as…
Puamana
Aloha! This gentle portrait of Auntie Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers, focuses on Hawaiian women's contributions to family structure, art, music and dance. An intimate glimpse into the real culture of the islands.