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Film maker Les Blank dies at 77


Wikipedia photograph

Wikipedia photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Les Blank dies - he was 77 years old - and he was a wonderful film maker

The New York Times article says it all. Please read the article below.


Younger readers may not know much, if anything, about Les Blank. I hope that because of this blog, you will find it necessary to go deeper into his film making. He is not well known by moviegoers, but he should be.

The first video below features zydeco artist Clifton Chenier. It is incredible music and even more so because the accordion is not played much in modern music of most kinds.

Below is a a tribute to old Applachian culture with the fiddler Tommy Jarrell.

The following is part of a film called "A Well Spent Life". Mance Lipscomb is considered by many to be one of the greatest blues guitarists. He's also been a sharecropper during much of his life.

Surely the words and film making apply equally today.

A look at New Orleans from an earlier time:

You can find more of Les Blank's movies on the web site, lesblank.com

In my point of view, there should be a Les Blank film festival which would travel throughout Kansas. Why not get it started in Lawrence?

Les Blank image

Les Blank image by Lawrence Morgan


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