a tribute to Les Blank
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE/ CIGARETTE BLUES – 8:00 PM
IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER? / GAP-TOOTHED WOMEN – 10:00 PM
Spectacle is honored to be among the New York venues participating in a citywide celebration of the late Les Blank, both one of documentary’s most rambunctious and sensitive artists.
Between 1960 and his passing this May, Blank made dozens of documentaries celebrating the cultures from around the world, especially the Cajun, Creole, Tex-Mex, Southern, Appalachian, and Hawaiian peoples. What he captures is a delight to the eyes, but might appeal foremost to the ear, the heart, and the stomach — cooking, dancing, drinking, and storytelling are the means by which Blank invites the audience into the world of his subjects. And though among the most respected artists in the field, Blank resists easy categorization as someone who is resolutely non-commercial, yet not falling easily into cinema verite, essay, or anthropological film making traditions. Ultimately, each of his films is a celebration, and one we cordially invite you to be a part of.
For more Les Blank, check out the other shows at The Academy Theater at Lighthouse International (Spend It All, July 30), BAM (Lightnin’ Hopkins & A Well Spent Life, August 1), and the Museum of the Moving Image (Dry Wood, August 2) and UnionDocs (Burden of Dreams, August 4).
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