Short Films of Les Blank III [Student Films]

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Running Around Like a Chicken with Its Head Cut Off
Les Blank's first student film, starring Gail Blank, Pieter Van Deusen, and Les himself. An hommage to Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal, the film that inspired Blank to become a filmmaker.
Here Comes Everybody 
A film by David Lawrence, featuring Les Blank and Getachew Abbai.
Strike!
A bizarre horror film featuring Gail Blank, Bul Bul Bedi, and Harry Sauberli.
And Freedom Came?!
A story of frustrated early married life, featuring Gail Blank and David Lawrence. Cinematography by Getachew Abbai.

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The great Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin's inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues, including the songs, Mr. Charlie and Your Rollin' Mill is Burnin' Down. Includes performances at an outdoor barbeque, a black rodeo, and a visit…
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Les Blank's celebration of the spirit and social traditions of New Orleans, featuring Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day celebrations. It is an intense insider's portrait of New Orleans' street celebrations and the unique cultural gumbo of Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, and the Jazz Fest. The film features live music…
How to Smell a Rose - A Visit with Ricky Leacock at His Farm in Normandy
HOW TO SMELL A ROSE documents Les Blank's visit with the legendary co-founder of Direct Cinema, Richard Leacock (1921-2011), in 2000. At his farm in Normandy, France, Blank, and co-director Gina Leibrecht, recorded conversations with Leacock about his life, his work, and his other passion: cooking! In the early sixties,…
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