Les Blank’s A Poem Is a Naked Person

Inside Criterion / FYI — Jul 2, 2015

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.