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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Leon Russell ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Andersen Eric Andersen ... Himself (as Eric Anderson)
Malissa Bates Malissa Bates ... Herself
Les Blank ... Himself
David Briggs David Briggs ... Himself
Ambrose Campbell Ambrose Campbell ... Himself
Pete Drake Pete Drake ... Himself
Mary Egan Mary Egan ... Herself (as 'Sweet' Mary Egan)
Jim Franklin Jim Franklin ... Himself
George Jones ... Himself
Charlie McCoy Charlie McCoy ... Himself
Bill Mullins Bill Mullins ... Himself
Willie Nelson ... Himself
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Herself
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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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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Les Blank Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Anaheim, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$362, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,185, 9 August 2015
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Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Includes parody of Allstate Insurance commercial: In Leon Russell's swimming pool, a live baby chick is fed to a snake with the line, "You're in good hands with Allsnake." See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Film's Forty-Year Journey (2015) See more »

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Directed by {Blank}
5 October 2008 | by ScottSee all my reviews

For those of you fortunate enough to have been in a situation where Les Blank personally showed his private copy of this film to a group of non-profits, you might get the title joke. Easily Les's least seen film for legal reasons, it is nevertheless one of his best. The film documents the recording period of musician Leon Russell in his Oklahoma recording studio from 1972-1974. The film alternates between vignettes of Leon at his sprawling studio, such as the painting of the mural in his pool, and scenes of local Oklahoma flair, like the great goose flight. While oftentimes it features persons who seem to be there to do nothing but lounge and generally disagree, there are those moments when Leon and his crew actually play music, and those moments are wonderful. It's a shame that Leon refuses to release this film, because it exists as a document of a person in a time that can't be gotten back, yet must be understood. Les is an aging man who may never show his film again so if you come across a situation where it will be shown, go out of your way to see it.


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