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The Road Les Traveled December 1999

In this issue, we take a look at Les Blank's career, the documentarian of folk cultures who transforms anthropology into art.

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  • An older man with a beard gestures at the camera from Dusan Hanák's 'Pictures of The Old World'.

    Czech Documentaries: The Forgotten Film Scene

    Czech documentaries seem to be responding to...
  • Frame enlargement from 'The Orphans' (1911, Selig Plyscope), one of three film versions of the French stage drama produced before D.W. Griffith's epic reinvention of the story for his French Revolution melodrama <em>Orphans of the Storm</em> (1921).

    Saving Orphan Films: A South Carolina Symposium
  • Les Bank, an older white man, holds a camera on a boat.

    On the Making of the Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins

    How Les Blank’s passion for the rich depth of...
  • A white man with a brown mustache and beard holds his hands up as if surrendering, from 'Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers'

    In Les Blank's Own Words...

    Pinocchio started it all for me, in 1940, when I...