Always For Pleasure (1978)
* Box Set contains 14 Les Blank films remastered by Criterion (average price $6.25 per film!)
Les Blank’s celebration of the spirit and social traditions of New Orleans, featuring Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It is an intense insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and the unique cultural gumbo of Second-line parades, Mardi Gras, and the Jazz Fest. The film features live music by Professor Longhair, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Kid Thomas Valentine and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Blank’s special masterworks.
On September 25, 2008, Famed New Orleans Jazz photographer Michael P. Smith died. Les Blank said, “Mike Smith encouraged me to make “Always For Pleasure” and helped me access nearly all the subjects visited in this film.”
Directed, photographed, edited, produced by Les Blank
Sound by Maureen Gosling
Note: The DVD contains an additional 24 minutes of bonus footage featuring musicians, Professor Longhair, The Wild Tchopitoulas, the Neville Brothers, Blue Lu and Danny Barker, and Art Ryder’s second line band.