Trailer of the Day: Les Blank Tribute – Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, Burden of Dreams & Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

Les Blank Tribute

It is hard to think of anyone who did more than the recently deceased Les Blank (1935-2013) to document American folk, food, and music cultures. Roaming regional backroads, his laid-back camera captured people with a deep appreciation of life and the commitment to celebrate it seriously. Blank’s film, GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS, is a lively salute to the “stinking rose” and its place in our lives and myths. From the Gilroy Garlic Festival to the Chez Panisse kitchen, Blank uncovers an enthusiastic entourage of garlic lovers: growers, chefs, musicians, and eaters who turn their passion and imagination into feast.

BURDEN OF DREAMS chronicles the production of FITZCARRALDO and is one of the most remarkable and absorbing studies of the creative process ever filmed—a film as enduring as its subject matter. Werner Herzog spent four years in the jungles of Peru making FITZCARRALDO, the chronicle of a mad Irish dreamer who wants to bring opera to the Amazon. Like the film’s hero, Herzog himself became a man of total obsession. Overcoming the seemingly impossible challenges of finances, location, weather, cast turnover, and wars with both native Indians and star Klaus Kinski—not to mention such well-publicized feats as trying to haul a 30-ton steamboat over a mountain—Herzog’s singular determination is revealed.

 

Blank’s short film, WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE, will follow the screenings of GARLIC and BURDEN OF DREAMS.  Documenting Herzog’s fulfillment of a wager with Errol Morris upon the completion of Morris’ first film, GATES OF HEAVEN.  The Film Center screens Morris’ debut feature on August 9-10.

GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS screens on Friday, July 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

BURDEN OF DREAMS screens on Friday, July 19 at 8:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE screens with each showing of Blank’s feature length work.

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