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A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 8 July 2016 (UK)
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Les Blank's first feature-length documentary captures music and other events at Leon Russell's Oklahoma recording studio during a three-year period (1972-1974).

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Eric Andersen ...
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Malissa Bates ...
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David Briggs ...
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Ambrose Campbell ...
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Pete Drake ...
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Mary Egan ...
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Jim Franklin ...
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Charlie McCoy ...
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This film was not officially released in 1974 and shown only at non-profit institutions with Les Blank appearing in person. After Les Blank's death in 2013, Les'son Harrod Blank and Leon Russell came to an agreement to remaster and release the film. Janus Films and Criterion are currently distributing the film in North America. Written by excentrix@aol.com

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$362 (USA) (17 July 2015)

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$87,185 (USA) (7 August 2015)
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As producer of this film, Leon Russell did not allow it to be commercially distributed for many years. As of 2012, it could only be shown when presented by director Les Blank in person to a nonprofit organization. However, after Blank's death, his son Harrod Blank succeeded in persuading Russell to allow the film to be released. See more »

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The best rock and roll film ever made
24 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is incredibly rare, and if you get the chance, you must see it. Les Blank screened this film to private audiences only, and now that he has passed away, who knows if it will ever be screened again. Les told me that he was waiting to see who died first, him or Leon, and if Leon died first Les would release the film. Les Blank and Leon Russell are both geniuses in their own regards, and I hope one day the rest of the world gets to see the magnificence of this masterful work of art. From time to time, a film comes along that changes the way we look at a specific object, idea, or person; this film does all three. Some of the images and sounds in this film have been burned into my mind forever, and I would love the opportunity to view this film again. Leon's work was, and still is, amazing, and this film showcases a part of his life that exhibits the true essence of rock and roll.


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