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A Poem Is a Naked Person (1974)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 8 July 2016 (UK)
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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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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ehhhh
8 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a visual poem without any real narrative. It has a few interesting edits but ultimately feels incoherent. This kind of film can be interesting but at an hour and a half it fails to retain the viewers attention.

Your enjoyment of the film will largely depend on your endurance for this kind of film making.

It's an hour and a half of visuals and music with a few interesting moments scattered throughout that ultimately doesn't say much.

The value of this film stems largely from its rarity and not from its content.


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