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Blank, Les

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Burden of dreams by Les Blank( Visual )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Filmmaker Les Blank captured the production, made perilous by Herzog's determination not to use models or special effects
Roots of rhythm by Eugene Rosow( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the origins of Latin music from Spain and Africa to the New World (Program 1). Focuses on pop music developed in Cuba and examines how North Americans began to discover this island's musical treasures (Program 2). Shows how Spanish-African music has become the basic part of popular musical culture of the U.S. (Program 3)
Chulas fronteras( Visual )

13 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities
Always for pleasure( Visual )

18 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 1 captures the music, food, and street celebrations that typify New Orleans. Part 2 focuses on the annual revival of Black Indian social and cultural traditions, featuring the Wild Tchoupitoulas and other Black Indian tribes as they prepare for and celebrate Mardi Gras
A poem is a naked person( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmmaker Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974 while Blank was living at the Russell/Shelter Records recording studio compound on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in NE Oklahoma, but unreleased due to creative differences and music clearance problems, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Includes scenes of Russell and his band and others performing, both in concert and in the studio. Also features footage of everyday life in Oklahoma
Garlic is as good as ten mothers by Les Blank( Visual )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates the virtues of garlic from the stuffed piglet specialty of Berkeley's Chez Panisse to the garlic festival at Gilroy, Calif. Garlic enthusiasts describe the bulb's role in history, its medicinal qualities, and their own favorite garlic concoctions
Chulas fronteras( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in Spanish and English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chulas fronteras (58 min., 1976) features the music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork, and other social activities. Del mero corazon (28 min., 1979) is a lyrical journey through the musings of the heart in the Mexican-American Nortena music tradition. Various performers are shown in dancehalls and cantinas, presenting songs of passion and death, hurt and humor, and the pleasures and torn dreams of love
Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella( Visual )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him and have been influence by his music
Hot Pepper( Visual )

12 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the life and music of Black zydeco-blues accordionist Clifton Chenier. Captures the sources of his music in the lives and culture of southwest Louisiana's urban and rural French-speaking Blacks
In Heaven There Is No Beer? by Les Blank( Visual )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows Polish-American polka musicians and polka dancers performing at festivals, dance halls, and small beer halls in the eastern and midwestern parts of the United States. Features the music of Eddie Blazoncyck and the Versatones, the Dick Pillar Orchestra, Renata and Girls, Girls, Girls, and the Mrozinski Brothers
Burden of dreams : screenplay, journals, reviews, photographs( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Multiple languages and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Producers Les Blank and Maureen Gosling both kept journals during the approximately fourteen weeks they spent in the Amazon while making the film Burden of dreams, which documents the making of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo. This book includes excerpts from Maureen Gosling's 1979 entries, and Les Blank's later entries, beginning in 1981
J'ai Ete Au Bal (I Went to the Dance)( Visual )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the Cajun-zydeco countryside, its people and their dance halls blended with wonderful performances of the music and the recollections of its musicians. Features historical sequences about Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, Iry LeJeune, Harry Choates and others
--All in this tea( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in Undetermined and English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world. During his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal where he was introduced to some of the finest tea. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China to find tea for himself, climbing up lush, terraced mountainsides to meet the farmers who practiced skills handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years
A Well Spent Life( Visual )

13 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musician Mance Lipscomb commands the screen in Blank's vivid sketch of a man some consider the greatest blues guitarist who ever lived
Sprout Wings and Fly( Visual )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell, his music, friends, and family in rural North Carolina
Werner Herzog eats his shoe by Les Blank( Visual )

11 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 20-minute film by Blank featuring Herzog fulfilling a bet
Spend It All by Les Blank( Visual )

10 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blank journeys down the bayous and byways of Southwest Louisiana in this riveting portrait of the region's Cajun community
Wild Wheels( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Car artist and filmmaker Harrod Blank drives his wildly decorated VW bug across the United States in search of fellow artists who have been moved to alter their autos beyond recognition. He finds forty-five of the most bizarre cars anyone has ever seen ... Even more fascinating are the people who drive these rolling art exhibits"--Container
Gap-Toothed Women by Les Blank( Visual )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blank breezily questions our commonly accepted standards of beauty with this paean to women with extra-wide dental spaces
Dry Wood( Visual )

11 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
 
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Roots of rhythm
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Blank, Leslie Harrod Jr

Les Blank Amerikaans documentairemaker (1935-2013)

Les Blank documentarista statunitense

Les Blank US-amerikanischer Dokumentarfilmer

Бланк, Лес

Լես Բլանկ

لس بلنک

블랑크, 레스 1935-

莱斯·布兰克

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