Six Short Films by Les Blank
Anthology of six short films by Les Blank, including:

Cigarette Blues (1985) (6 min.)
Oakland bluesman Sonny Rhodes sings "Cigarette Blues": a musical warning that compares cigarette smoking with playing with a loaded gun.

Chicken Real (1970) (23 min.)
A surrealistic (and often hilarious) look at a large-scale chicken farm that produces 156 million chickens a year! Lots of chicken songs.

The Sun's Gonna Shine (1969) (10 min.)
A lyrical recreation of Lightnin' Hopkins' decision at age eight to stop chopping cotton and start singing for a living.

God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968) (20 min.)
Hippies and flower children dance and create rituals at the historic Los Angeles "Love-In" of Easter Sunday, 1967. This '60s classic documents a once-in a lifetime phenomenon, preserving all the fashions, energy and idealism of the first "alternative lifestyles." Psychedelic special effects!

Dizzy Gillespie (1965) (22 min.)
Rare images of immortal bebop jazzman Dizzy Gillespie as he talks about his beginnings and music theories - and blows a lot of hot music on his famous bent horn.

Running Around Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (1960) (4 min.)
Les Blank's first student film, starring Gail Blank, Pieter Van Deusen, and Les himself. An hommage to Ingmar Bergman's Seventh Seal, the film that inspired Blank to become a filmmaker.


DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:25:58 | 4.00 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Documentary, Short

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