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Les Blank : Always For Pleasure (2014, original release: 1968)


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Published: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2014] ©2014
Series: Criterion collection
Edition:  Full screen
Description:  5 videodiscs (563 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet (55 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
ISBN/ISSN: 9781604658866, 160465886X,
Language:  English

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Originally released as documentary films 1968-1995

Accompanying booklet (55 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm) comprises background information about the films, an essay by film scholar Andrew Horton, and a recipe

Special features: Excerpt from Les Blank : a quiet revelation (a film project by Harrod Blank and Gina Leibrecht); new interviews with Harrod Blank, Beau Blank, Gerald Gaxiola, Skip Gerson, Maureen Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Werner Herzog, Susan Kell, Tom Luddy, David Silberberg, Chris Simon, and Alice Waters; related shorts by Blank: The sun's gonna shine (1968), Julie : old time tales of the Blue Ridge (1991), My old fiddle : a visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1994), The Maestro rides again! (1994), and Lagniappe (2006); two outtake performances from The blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

The blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins: A portrait of Texas bluesman Lightin' Hopkins created via a collection of musical performances and oral histories

God respects us when we work, but loves us when we dance: A look at hippies and flower children as they dance and create rituals during the Los Angeles "Love-In" of Easter Sunday, 1967

Spend it all: A portrayal of the lives and music of the French-speaking Cajuns of Louisiana

A well spent life: A tribute to Texas songster Mance Lipscomb,

Dry wood: An exploration of black Creole life in French Louisiana

Hot pepper: A musical portrait of zydeco king Clifton Chenier

Always for pleasure: An insider's portrait of New Orleans' street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo

Garlic is as good as ten mothers: A paean to garlic that explores the history, consumption, cultivation, and culinary/curative powers of the "stinking rose."

Sprout wings and fly: A tribute to Appalachian culture that profiles old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell

In heaven there is no beer?: An exploration of the dance, food, music, friendship, and even religion of the polka

Gap-toothed women: A valentine to women born with a space between their teeth that explores issues of self-esteem and societal attitudes toward standards of beauty

Yum, yum, yum!: An exploration of the cooking and other enthusiasms of French-speaking Louisiana

The Maestro: A profile of cowboy artist Gerald Gaxiola

Sworn to the drum: A tribute to Cuban drummer Francisco Aguabella

DVD; NTSC; region 1; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby digital stereo (Sworn to the drum) and monoaural (all other films)

In English, with some French with English subtitles (Spend it all, Dry wood, Yum, yum, yum!), in English, with some Spanish with English subtitles (Garlic is as good as ten mothers, Sworn to the drum), and in English (all other films); optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)

Blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins / God respects us when we work, but loves us when we dance / Spend it all / A well spent life / Dry wood / Hot pepper / Always for pleasure / Garlic is as good as ten mothers / Sprout wings and fly / In heaven there is no beer? / Gap-toothed women / Yum, yum, yum! : a taste of Cajun and Creole cooking / Maestro : king of the cowboy artists / Sworn to the drum : a tribute to Francisco Aguabella / (1968) (31 min.) -- (1968) (20 min.) -- (1971) (43 min.) -- (1971) (44 min.) -- (1973) (37 min.) -- (1973) (54 min.) -- (1978) (57 min.) -- (1980) (50 min.) -- (1983) (30 min.) -- (1984) (49 min.) -- (1987) (31 min.) -- (1990) (31 min.) -- (1994) (53 min.) -- (1995) (34 min.) a film by Les Blank with Skip Gerson a film by Les Blank and Skip Gerson directed, photographed, and edited by Les Blank a film by Les Blank with Skip Gerson a film by Les Blank with Maureen Gosling a film by Les Blank with Maureen Gosling produced, directed, photographed, and edited by Les Blank produced, directed, and photographed by Les Blank directed and photographed by Les Blank a film by Les Blank and Maureen Gosling ; directed, photographed, and produced by Les Blank conceived, directed, photographed, and produced by Les Blank conceived, produced, and directed by Les Blank directed and phtographed by Les Blank ; producers, Les Blank, Chris Simon directed and photographed by Les Blank ; producers, Tom Luddy, Les Blank Related Searches:
Hopkins, Lightnin', -- 1912-1982.
Lipscomb, Mance, -- 1895-1976.
Chenier, Clifton, -- 1925-1987.
Jarrell, Tommy, -- 1901-1985.
Gaxiola, Gerald, -- 1936-
Aguabella, Francisco.
Hippies -- California -- Los Angeles.
Cajuns -- Social life and customs.
African Americans -- Social life and customs. -- Louisiana -- Mamou
Polka (Dance)
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)
Diastema (Teeth)
Cooking, American -- Louisiana style.
New Orleans (La.) -- Social life and customs.
Documentary films.
Biographical films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added--201411 advd

Additional Credits:
Blank, Les, film director, director of photography, editor, film producer
Gerson, Skip, film director
Gosling, Maureen, film director
Simon, Chris, 1952- film producer
Luddy, Tom, film producer
Janus Films,
Les Blank Films,
Criterion Collection (Firm),

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