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Blank, Les

Overview
Works: 131 works in 299 publications in 5 languages and 4,605 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Biography  Interviews  History  Educational films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Ethnographic films 
Roles: Director, Cinematographer , Producer, Originator, Photographer, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Publications by  Les Blank Publications by Les Blank
posthumous Publications by Les Blank, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Les Blank
Burden of dreams by Les Blank ( Visual )
22 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documents German film director Werner Herzog's production of Fitzcarraldo in the Amazon jungle. Disaster after disaster befalls Herzog, including torrential rains, attacks by armed Indians, and the loss of his leading actors. It is a chronicle of an obsessed artist who is willing to sacrifice almost anything to realize his cinematic vision
Chulas fronteras ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1976 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 513 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
Roots of rhythm by Eugene Rosow ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 357 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)
J'ai été au bal I went to the dance ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 265 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
Burden of dreams : screenplay, journals, reviews, photographs ( Book )
2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wild wheels ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 189 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
Always for pleasure ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Captures the music, social and culinary aspects of Mardi Gras and focuses on the Black working class organizations that celebrate Mardi Gras elaborately masked as Indians
Garlic is as good as ten mothers ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 142 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
Hot pepper a film ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1973 and 2005 in English and held by 122 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 southern Louisiana's urban and rural French-speaking Blacks in and around Lafayette
Sworn to the drum a tribute to Francisco Aguabella ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 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
In heaven there is no beer? ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in English and held by 114 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
Poto and Cabengo ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of twin sisters, Grace and Virginia Kennedy, who were thought to have developed a private language inspires Jean-Pierre Gorin to investigate family, communication, and social environment
--All in this tea ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 101 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
The blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins with The sun's gonna shine ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins: Hopkins' words and songs provide a musical portrait of the black culture of Texas, which reaches back to poverty, hard times, and a deep love of the land
The sun's gonna shine The blues accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1969 and 1990 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A lyrical recreation of Lightnin' Hopkins' decision at age eight to stop chopping cotton and start singing for his living (1st work) ; Hopkins' words and songs provide a musical portrait of the black culture of Texas, which reaches back to poverty, hard times, and a deep love of the land. (2nd work)
A well spent life ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Captures the blues music of Mance Lipscomb, a Black songster, sharecropper, and sage. Visits Lipscomb in his hometown of Navasota, Texas, where he communicates his thoughts and feelings about his past and the local life and culture
Živeli medicine for the heart ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A look at Serbian Americans and their music and culture. Filmed in Chicago and Northern California
Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog ( Visual )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in German and English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Burden of dreams goes behind the scenes in the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo
Sprout wings and fly ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A portrait of North Carolina fiddler, Tommy Jarrell. Now in his eighties, Tommy is seen at home and at various music festivals. The famed fiddler spins yarns and reflects on his life
Screening room with Les Blank ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les Blank, along with music writer Peter Guralnick, appeared on Screening Room in January 1973 to discuss his recent work and screen The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, also footage from what later comprised Dry Wood and Hot Pepper
 
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Alternative Names
Blank, Leslie Harrod Jr
Languages
English (125)
German (10)
Spanish (9)
Multiple languages (1)
Dutch (1)
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