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Directed by Les Blank

United States 1978 58 mins.

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.

Genres: Documentary, Music