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Les Blank (1935–2013)


Born in 1935 in Tampa, Florida, Les Blank attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received a B.A. in English literature and an M.F.A. in theatre. In 1967, after two years in the Ph.D. film program at the University of Southern California, and five years of freelancing in Los Angeles, he began his first independent films, on Texas blues ... See full bio »

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 2015 Thailand Moment (Documentary short)
 2010 Treasure of the Lisu (Documentary short) (collaborating director)
 2007 All in This Tea (Documentary)
 2006 Lagniappe (Short)
 2005 The Maestro Rides Again! (Documentary short)
 1991 Innocents Abroad (Documentary)
 1991 Marc and Ann
 1991 Puamana (Short)
 1989 J'ai été au bal (Documentary)
 1987 Gap-Toothed Women (Short documentary)
 1985 Cigarette Blues (Short documentary)
 1984 In Heaven There Is No Beer? (Documentary)
 1983 Sprout Wings and Fly (Documentary short)
 1982 Burden of Dreams (Documentary)
 1980 Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (Documentary)
 1980 Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Documentary short)
 1979 Del mero corazón (Documentary short)
 1978 Always for Pleasure (Documentary)
 1976 Chulas Fronteras (Documentary)
 1974 A Poem Is a Naked Person (Documentary)
 1973 Hot Pepper (Documentary)
 1973 Dry Wood (Documentary short)
 1972 A Well Spent Life (Documentary short)
 1972 Spend It All (Documentary short)
 1970 Chicken Real (Short)
 1970 The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (Documentary short)
 1969 Lightnin' Les (Documentary short)
 1969 The Sun's Gonna Shine (Documentary short)
 1965 Dizzy Gillespie (Documentary)
 1962 And Freedom Came?! (Short)
 1961 Strike! (Short)
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Les Blanc
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I try not to make a big deal about the camera, to let it get between me and them. I've seen a lot of cameramen go in and treat the subjects like so many guinea pigs. I think the people pick up on my very protective feelings toward them, and they aren't self-conscious about what they do or say, and they try to show the inner light about themselves that I find so attractive. See more »

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Father of Beau Blank. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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