Eating Garlic and Shoes: Two Films by Les Blank

  • Saturday May 11, 2013 at 7:00PM

This duet of films is intended to honor the life and work of documentary filmmaker Les Blank, whose films celebrate the music and food of American regional cultures, from polka to the blues, from garlic to tea, and from Dizzy Gillespie to Lightnin’ Hopkins. Blank’s films are highlighted by his obvious affection for the individuals he follows, as well as the music they play and the food they eat. Les Blank passed away in early April. Please enjoy these films as much as we do, and roast some garlic and raise a glass for Les.

Poster design by Brendan Brown.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

Director: Les Blank
USA 1979, 22 min, Digital

This film documents a wonderfully strange moment in the history of documentaries: Werner Herzog vowed to eat his shoe if Errol Morris completed his film _Gates of Heaven_; this film by Les Blank documents Herzog’s entire shoe-eating visit, to keep... view more

Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers

Director: Les Blank
USA 1980, 51 min, Digital

Food culture today is broadly accepting, with hundred mile diets, celebrity chefs, omni-present cooking shows, and live-tweeting of meals. But this was not always the case. Les Blank’s 1980 film is a snapshot of American food culture in transition. Mainstream... view more

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