The vibrancy of New Orleans’ cultural life in the late 1970s shines through in Blank’s characteristically freewheeling, fun, yet incisive documentary portrait of the city. Featuring interviews and performance footage with prominent New Orleanian musicians including Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers, Kid Thomas Valentine, and Allen Toussaint among others, Blank weaves a tapestry up-anddown the boulevards and docks of a pre-Katrina New Orleans through a focus on Mardi Gras and St. Patricks’ Day celebrations, underscoring the profound joy at the heart of this most American of cities.
Appears in: Special Screenings Nov/Dec 2015
Genres: Documentary, Music
Other Films by Les Blank
Les Blank’s portrait of Leon Russell went unreleased for 40 years before hitting the screen. Russell, who also coproduced the project, wasn’t happy with the result, so questions of rights and differences of opinion meant that only a handful of people ever saw the film. Blank shot the footage between 1972 and 1974 while living …