Whatever Les Blank focused upon, he always delved deeply into the soul of it. In his films, Les gives us intimate portraits of American Bluesmen such as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb, he takes us to exuberant parties with Cajun music and food, we march along with Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, we dance with polka culture the Midwest, we listen to sweet fiddle music in Appalachia, and we learn about film making itself. Les Blank has captured on film, the people, regions, foods, musical styles, dances, costumes and wonderful spirits that make America the unique cultural patchwork quilt that it is.
Read about Les Blank’s early experiences and training on the biographical page.
You can search Les Blank’s films by:
Film Date (Chronological order)
Film Title (Alphabetical order)
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You may also search for a specific title by using the “Search Window” at the top of any page. If you are interested in purchasing DVDs, whether for personal or institutional/educational use, they are available on the products page. Les Blank’s films will be available for home use download/streaming in the future. For now some of the films are available for educational streaming via Kanopy and Alexander Street Press (as noted on each film’s information page.)
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Many of Les Blank’s films are now streaming on Amazon Prime. More films are being added regularly so be sure to check back if the one you’re interested in is not yet streaming.