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Directed by Les Blank

United States 1980 51 mins. In English

t is hard to think of anyone who did more than the recently deceased Les Blank (1935-2013) to document American folk, food, and music cultures. Roaming regional backroads, his laid-back camera captured people with a deep appreciation of life and the commitment to celebrate it seriously. Blank’s loving garlic film is a lively salute to the “stinking rose” and its place in our lives and myths. From the Gilroy Garlic Festival to the Chez Panisse kitchen, Blank uncovers an enthusiastic entourage of garlic lovers: growers, chefs, musicians, and eaters who turn their passion and imagination into feast.

Genres: Documentary



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