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.
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.