AS TEN MOTHERS
Director Les Blank in Person!
Presented as part of Chicago’s Cooperative
LES BLANK RETROSPECTIVE
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
April 20th, 2012
The Nightingale is delighted to host independent, award winning doumentarian, Les Blank. Casual and substantive, Blank’s work prizes American people one subculture at a time. His camera is always inside the group- close to the food, the music, the traditions, and the stories of his subjects. Eschewing the observational mode for something more personal, Blank often appears to be as beloved by the people in his films as he is interested in them.
GARLIC IS AS GOOD AT TEN MOTHERS (1980, 16mm, 51m)
A zesty paean of praise to the greater glories of garlic. This lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation and culinary/curative powers of the stinking rose features chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, and a flavorful musical soundtrack.
The SF Chronicle called this paean to garlic “a joyous, nose-tweaking, ear-tingling, mouth-watering tribute to a Life Force.” Nothing less than a hymn to the stinking rose of the kitchen, this lovingly photographed documentary is an odyssey of garlic feasts alternated with uniquely individual interviews of garlic afficionados. Not only does the film promote garlic as our first line of defense against all forms of blandness; it also titillates the taste buds with shots of garlic dishes sizzling in their pans. Les Blank shows again that he knows how to have a good time and share it on film – especially if it involves food!
At the end of 2004 GARLIC was one of 25 films selected by The Library of Congress to be added to the National Film Registry list of now 400 motion pictures, to be preserved in perpetuity. Other films in this group include Ben Hur, Jail House Rock and Duck And Cover.
CHICKEN REAL (1970, 16mm, 23m)
Les Blank’s look at a giant chicken farm- someplace in between industrial film, formalist study, and chicken songbook.
This screening is presented as part of Chicago’s cooperative LES BLANK RETROSPECTIVE, a series of seven screenings showing throughout the city from April 13th-23rd.
Info for CIMMfest’s Retrospective screenings, curated by Michael Phillips, may be foundhere.
Info for Columbia College TV Department’s Retrospective screenings, curated by Christy LeMaster and including the presentation of an unameable documentary about an early 70’s rockstar, may be found here.
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