Les Blank’s A Poem Is a Naked Person, in theaters courtesy of Janus Films, is a major rediscovery. Now playing at New York’s Film Forum before expanding to cities across the United States, including Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Austin, and many more, this revelatory documentary, shot between 1972 and 1974 but unreleased until now, captures beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell both in concert and at recording sessions at his Oklahoma studio, as well as the community of artists and eccentrics who surround him. Also featuring Willie Nelson, George Jones, and others, Poem is a free-form, endlessly entertaining film and a memorable big-screen experience. Rolling Stone’s David Fear calls it “one of the great AWOL music docs” and advises, “Do not let this minor miracle pass you by.” Watch Janus’s new trailer below, and visit their website for much more information.
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New UK Releases for April 2018
This month, two sparkling comedies head to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: The Awful Truth, Leo McCarey’s 1937 Oscar-winning screwball classic, and Edouard Molinaro’s subversive 1978 farce La Cage aux Folles. Head over to Amazon t…
A Special Announcement from Jim Jarmusch
Stranger Than Paradise is coming back to theaters stranger than ever! Get a taste of what this indie landmark looks like in the form its director originally intended.