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    Kino Lorber Acquires Les Blank's Penultimate Doc 'How to Smell a Rose'

    Les Blank explores Ricky Leacock's life with the support of clips from the British documentarian's films and personal footage.

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    Leon Russell Gets Reflective at 'A Poem is a Naked Person' NYC Opening

    "[Les Blank is] kind of a genius in his own way. He made a lot of movies that portrayed components of people's lives that perhaps would have never been known."

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    Watch: Bask in the American Glory of the 'A Poem is a Naked Person' Trailer

    The previously unreleased documentary about country-folk legend Leon Russell is scheduled to hit theaters July 1.

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    Frank Capra's 'It Happened One Night,' 'Tootsie' And More Coming To Criterion In November

    The Criterion Collection is always guaranteed to earn some of our money each month, but what to do when some of the big movies they've got coming have already been on home video for years? Is it really worth it just to get a wacky C on the cover? You tell us, but this lineup for November is still pr...

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    Les Blank Friends Bid Documentarian a Festive Farewell (November 27, 1935 -- April 7, 2013)

    Of course it's a cliche to say that the honoree at a memorial service would have enjoyed it -- but in Les Blank's case, it's impossible to avoid. The party was designed by Les' two sons, Harrod and Beau, and Team Blank, a host of friends and supporters, to encompass many of the pursuits that Les del...

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    Les Blank Interview From 1982 on Documentary 'Burden of Dreams,' Chronicling Herzog's Chaotic 'Fitzcarraldo'

    To celebrate the life of Les Blank I am sharing this interview I did with him at the 1982 Toronto Film Festival -- the very first Toronto Fest that I ever attended.

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    R.I.P. Les Blank (1935-2013): Watch His Docs 'Burden Of Dreams,' 'Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe' & More

    The myriad stories of venerable filmmaker Werner Herzog are mythic, and he's often considered a living legend. He was shot with an air rifle during an interview and brushed it off. He pulled a man out of car wreckage on a canyon road above Sunset Blvd. and it turned out to be Joaquin Phoenix. But th...

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    Documentary Filmmaker Les Blank Dies at 77

    The great documentary filmmaker Les Blank, who no doubt visited many of your theaters to show films and waft garlic through the air, passed away peacefully Sunday morning after a battle with cancer that didn't keep him from holding on. (Here's the New York Times obit.) See film clips below.

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