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1. The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1970)

Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A portrait of the great Texas bluesman, 'Lightnin' Hopkins. The film includes interviews and a performance by Hopkins.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Lightnin Hopkins, Billy Bizor, Mance Lipscomb, Ruth Ames

Votes: 650

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

2. God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968)

Not Rated | 20 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Documentation of 1967 Los Angeles Easter Sunday Love-In.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Star: Ken Patterson

Votes: 291

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

3. The Sun's Gonna Shine (2014)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A lyrical recreation of Lightnin' Hopkins' decision at age eight to stop chopping cotton and start singing for a living. Folklorist/Ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax called Blank's stunning and ... See full summary »

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Lightnin Hopkins, Billy Bizor, Wendell Anderson

Votes: 148

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

5. Lightnin' Les (1969)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Hopkins made up this song and performed it for Les Blank after deciding to make the documentary The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins.

Director: Les Blank | Star: Lightnin Hopkins

Votes: 40

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

6. Spend It All (1972)

Not Rated | 41 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Portrait of the Cajun lifestyle in Southwest Louisiana.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Nathan Abshire, Glenn Allensan, Savy Augustine, Dewey Balfa

Votes: 306

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

7. A Well-Spent Life (1971)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time.

Directors: Les Blank, Skip Gerson | Stars: Mance Lipscomb, Elnora Lipscomb, Hattie Franklin, Alfred Franklin

Votes: 410

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

8. Dry Wood (1973)

Not Rated | 37 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A portrait of black Creole life in the Louisiana Delta, accompanied by the hot sounds of Zydeco music.

Directors: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling | Stars: Alphonse Ardoin, Gustave Ardoin, Morris Ardoin, Lawrence Ardoin

Votes: 224

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

9. Sprout Wings and Fly (1983)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A documentary about Tommy Jarrell, a fiddler from North Carolina. This films shows a bit of his current life and those around him and includes a lot of his Appalachian Old-Time music.

Directors: Les Blank, Cece Conway, Alice Gerrard | Stars: Tommy Jarrell, Julie Jarrell Lyons, Togie McGee, Edith Hicks

Votes: 217

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

10. Lagniappe (2006)

25 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Additional footage shot during the making of the 1978 documentary "Always For Pleasure".

Directors: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling | Stars: Art Ryder's Electric Street Band, Danny Barker, Blue Lu Barker, Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd

Votes: 26

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

11. Safeguarding Military Information (1942)

9 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary short depicting the dangers of inadvertent dispersal of secret military information, showing the unintended and disastrous results of careless conversation and improper maintenance of secret records.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Ian Hunter, Walter Huston, Ginger Rogers

Votes: 112

The Palm Beach Story

12. My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1995)

18 min | Documentary, Short, Music

The long-awaited sequel to Sprout Wings and Fly is a gentle celebration of mountain living, a once-thriving American way of life.

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Tommy Jarrell, Julie Jarrell Lyons

Votes: 52

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

13. Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991)

12 min | Documentary, Short

80-year-old Julie Lyon, sister of Old Time fiddler Tommy Jarrell, lights up this gem of a film as she spins tales of her Appalachian childhood in North Carolina - and her first romance. Color. 11 minutes. 1983/1991.

Director: Les Blank | Star: Julie Jarrell Lyons

Votes: 56

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

14. Gap-Toothed Women (1987)

Not Rated | 31 min | Short, Documentary

A charming valentine to women born with a space between their teeth.

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Teresa Peacock, Sherry Dorst, Tobe Melora Correal, Susie Bruder

Votes: 329

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

15. Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of the Cajun and Creole Cooking of Louisiana (1990)

Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Short

"Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking, and other enthusiasms, of French-speaking ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, Margaret Chenier, Ida Guillory

Votes: 226

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

16. Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995)

Not Rated | 35 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A documentary about the music and influence that Francisco Aguabella has had on the world.

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Bill Graham, Francisco Aguabella, John Santos, Carlos 'Patato' Valdés

Votes: 107

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

17. The Maestro Rides Again! (2005)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A follow-up to Blank's "The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists". Les Blank continued filming the Maestro after the original film was completed.

Director: Les Blank | Stars: Gerald Gaxiola, Butch Anthony, Harrod Blank, Emily Duffy

Votes: 43

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure set

18. Six Men Getting Sick (1966)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting.

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 5,482

Eraserhead set

19. The Alphabet (1969)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Peggy Lynch

Votes: 7,075

Eraserhead set

20. The Grandmother (1970)

Not Rated | 34 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick

Votes: 6,233

Eraserhead set

21. The Amputee (1974)

9 min | Short, Comedy

A double leg amputated woman sits and writes a long meandering letter while her ineffective nurse attempts to attend to her stumps.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch

Votes: 4,204

Eraserhead set

22. The French as Seen by... (1988– )
Episode: The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988)

26 min | Comedy, Drama

Little seen short film by David Lynch is set on a ranch in the turn-of-the-20th Century Wild West, USA and is a collision of cultures.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Golchan, Jack Nance, Tracey Walter

Votes: 941

Eraserhead set

23. Out in the Woods (II) (2016 Video)

13 min | Short

Moments shot during the filming of Les Blank's A Poem Is a Naked Person, overlaid with Maureen Gosling's letters home.

Director: Maureen Gosling | Stars: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Leon Russell, Ambrose Campbell

Votes: 10

24. Neighbors (1920)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A young couple who live next to each other in tenement apartments do everything they can to be together despite of their feuding families.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Jack Duffy, The Flying Escalantes

Votes: 3,757

25. The Balloonatic (1923)

G | 22 min | Short, Comedy

A hapless amusement park attendant finds his run away balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Phyllis Haver, Babe London

Votes: 2,648

26. The Scarecrow (1920)

Not Rated | 19 min | Comedy, Short, Family

Two inventive farmhands compete for the hand of the same girl.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Luke the Dog, Joe Keaton

Votes: 3,641

27. The Paleface (1922)

G | 20 min | Short, Comedy, Western

Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

Votes: 2,702

28. The Goat (1921)

Not Rated | 23 min | Comedy, Short

A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the local bad guy.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Malcolm St. Clair

Votes: 3,853

29. My Wife's Relations (1922)

25 min | Short, Comedy

By accident, Buster and an intimidating woman end up married.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Wallace Beery, Monte Collins, Wheezer Dell

Votes: 1,910

30. The Boat (1921)

Not Rated | 23 min | Short, Comedy, Family

Buster and his family go on a voyage on his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Sybil Seely

Votes: 2,933

31. The Love Nest (1923)

Unrated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea where he boards a whaling ship with a strict captain.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline | Stars: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Virginia Fox, Steve Murphy

Votes: 2,044

32. Convict 13 (1920)

Not Rated | 19 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

A young golfer is mugged by an escaped convict and finds himself in a prison where he foils a jailbreak.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline

Votes: 2,786

33. Daydreams (1922)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Comedy

A sincere young man leaves his home to win his fortune so he can marry his home town sweetheart.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Renée Adorée, Edward F. Cline, Joe Keaton

Votes: 2,166

34. Hard Luck (1921)

22 min | Short, Comedy

Strange things ensue after a young man attempts to take his own life.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Bull Montana

Votes: 2,007

35. The Blacksmith (1922)

21 min | Comedy, Short

Buster Keaton shoes horses and repairs cars, with mixed results.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts

Votes: 2,391

36. The Electric House (1922)

TV-G | 23 min | Short, Comedy

After being mistakenly certified as an electrical engineer, Buster is hired to wire a house.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Keaton, Louise Keaton

Votes: 2,447

37. The Haunted House (1921)

Unrated | 21 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline

Votes: 2,665

38. The Frozen North (1922)

Unrated | 17 min | Short, Comedy, Western

Buster plays a bumbling villain in this parody of melodrama.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Bonnie Hill

Votes: 1,875

39. The Play House (1921)

23 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

After waking up from his wacky dream, a theater stage hand inadvertently causes havoc everywhere he works.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Monte Collins, Virginia Fox

Votes: 3,779

40. Cops (1922)

Unrated | 18 min | Short, Comedy, Family

A series of mishaps manages to make a young man get chased by a big city's entire police force.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Virginia Fox, Steve Murphy

Votes: 5,720

41. The 'High Sign' (1921)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Comedy

A drifter at an amusement park finds himself both the bodyguard and hit man of a man targeted by a criminal gang.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Bartine Burkett, Charles Dorety, Ingram B. Pickett

Votes: 2,636

42. One Week (1920)

TV-G | 25 min | Short, Comedy

A newly wedded couple attempts to build a house with a prefabricated kit, unaware that a rival sabotaged the kit's component numbering.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts

Votes: 7,108

43. Allez Oop! (1934)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Comedy

When Buster's girlfriend falls for a trapeze artist, Buster tries to beat him at his own game.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, George J. Lewis, Harry Myers

Votes: 268

44. Jail Bait (1937)

Approved | 18 min | Comedy, Short

Buster agrees to pose as a murderer to throw off the police while his room mate, a reporter, searches for the real killer.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Buster Keaton, Harold Goodwin, Matthew Betz, Bud Jamison

Votes: 248

45. Emotion (1966)

39 min | Fantasy, Short

Experimental short film depicting the life, perhaps real, perhaps a dream, of a young girl named Emi. Emi travels to the city where she encounters her counterpart, Sari, and falls in love with...a vampire?

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Sari Akasaka, Kyôko Hanyû, Sakio Hirata, Jinichi Isizaki

Votes: 546

46. Les 3 boutons (2015)

11 min | Short

A 14-year-old girl opens a package containing a magical magenta ball dress ten times her teenage size. Jasmine enters the folds of the dress, into a modern anti-fairy tale and everyday empowerment.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Jasmine Thiré, Michel Jeannès, Jacky Patin, Léon Mézard

Votes: 273