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    The great American documentarian Les Blank died yesterday at age seventy-seven. A crafter of intimate, idiosyncratic nonfiction films, Blank made movies for almost fifty years; his topics included traditional American music, food, and, of course, Werner Herzog. His 1982 Burden of Dreams, an artful, meditative feature-length look behind the scenes of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo is perhaps his most famous film. The following is an appreciation from Herzog, recorded in 2005, of his friend and fellow filmmaker, in which he talks about Blank’s unusual working methods and laconic nature.

    Photo by Maureen Gosling

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  • By Matthew Benson
    July 13, 2013
    05:57 PM

    Has Criterion ever considered an Eclipse set of Les Blank's other documentaries? I watched Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers and it was great. But otherwise it is difficult to find his work.