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Always for Pleasure (1978)

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A look at the spirit of New Orleans. First a funeral: Allen Toussaint explains that you arrive slow and cut up afterwards. Then it's food, with a lesson in eating crayfish at Frankie and ... See full summary »

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A look at the spirit of New Orleans. First a funeral: Allen Toussaint explains that you arrive slow and cut up afterwards. Then it's food, with a lesson in eating crayfish at Frankie and Johnny's. Next, a St. Patrick's Day party: New Orleans celebrates holidays on the streets. Then it's preparation for Mardi gras, with roots in slave days, when slaves gathered on Sundays to prepare for the one holiday they could celebrate. The Wild Tchoupitoulas society makes Indian costumes to honor the help Indians gave slaves. At Mardi gras, we're with this society parading, singing, and partying. We end with the annual parade for St. Joseph, the saint of the people. More music, dance and ritual. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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just as Les Blank is no longer with us, New Orleans will never be the same
7 May 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Les Blank died recently, and so I decided to start watching his documentaries. I first watched "Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers", all about garlic. "Always for Pleasure" is about New Orleans. The focuses are a funeral, St. Patrick's Day, and then Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras segment is truly the highlight: singing, dancing, and indescribable fun. This makes it all the more sad that the Crescent City has seen itself permanently altered by Hurricane Katrina and everything that resulted from it, and more so by the BP oil spill. But taken on its own, this documentary is a really fun time, truly showing what the Big Easy was always known for. It's a giant party all the way through, so let the good times roll!


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