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Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

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Genres: Documentary
Director: Les Blank
Plot Synopsis:

An uncompromisingly independent filmmaker, Les Blank made documentaries for nearly fifty years, elegantly disappearing with his camera into cultural spots rarely seen on-screen—mostly on the peripheries of the United States, but also occasionally abroad. Seemingly off-the-cuff yet poetically constructed, these films are humane, sometimes wry, always engaging tributes to musicians, food, and all sorts of regionally specific delights. This collector's set provides a diverse survey of Les Blank's vast output, including the warmly funny 'The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins,' about the legendary Texas musician; 'Always for Pleasure,' which captures the vivacious spirit of New Orleans; 'Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers,' a hilarious celebration of the pungent, flavorful "stinking rose" of the title; and eleven other unexpected features, plus eight of Blank's short films.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: November 25th, 2014
    MPAA Rating: Unrated
    Movie Release Year: 1968
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:569 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    3-Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Excerpt from Les Blank: A Quiet Revelation, an upcoming documentary by Gina Leibrecht
    New interviews with director Les Blank’s sons, Harrod and Beau; Blank documentary subject Gerald Gaxiola (a.k.a. the Maestro); filmmakers Skip Gerson, Maureen Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Tom Luddy, and Chris Simon; and chef and author Alice Waters
    Blank’s short films Lightnin’ Les (1968), Mr. Charlie, Your Rollin’ Mill Is Burnin’ Down (1968), The Sun’s Gonna Shine (1968), More Fess (1978), Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991), My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1995), and The Maestro Rides Again (2005)
    PLUS: An essay by film scholar Andrew Horton