Detroit Film Theatre
DETROIT DOCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH LES BLANK
Thursday, October 30, 2008
7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre
He’s “a master of movies about the American idiom, and one of our most original filmmakers,” according to Vincent Canby in The New York Times; for decades, Les Blank has been chronicling the joys of music, filmmaking and food, creating a gently observant, witty panorama of the American landscape that has earned him accolades, awards, and a large and loyal following among both filmgoers and filmmakers. In association with Detroit Docs and the Wayne State University Department of Communication, we’re delighted to welcome Les Blank to the DFT with a program of some of his most acclaimed and beloved films. Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) is Les’s 51-minute tribute to and celebration of “the stinking rose,” featuring the legendary Alice Waters of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse. Selected for the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry, Garlic will be presented in aroma-rama! Also on the program – and set partly at Chez Panisse as well – is Les’s 22-minute 1979 film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, in which the great director does just what the title suggests, in order to fulfill a bet with documentarian Errol Morris. Last up on the screen is Les’s most famous work, the 1982 Burden of Dreams (94 min.), which chronicles Werner Herzog’s epic struggle to film Fitzcarraldo deep in the Amazon jungle, and to haul a boat up the side of a mountain to complete the film’s monumentally ambitious vision. A Q & A session with les Blank will conclude the evening.
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