Dry Wood (1973)
* Box Set contains 14 Les Blank films remastered by Criterion
(average price $6.25 per film!)
The featured music in this Les Blank film is that of “Bois Sec” (Dry Wood) Ardoin, his sons and Canray Fontenot. Theirs is an older, rural style of Cajun music which Blank uses to weave together incidents in the lives of the Fontenot and Ardoin families. Highlights include a rollicking country Mardi Gras, work in the rice fields, a “men’s only” supper, and a hog-butchering party (that follows the hog from the kill to sausage). Like other Blank films, it expresses respect for living life ‘simply, lovingly, openly and slowly’.
A film by Les Blank and Maureen Gosling