A Poem Is a Naked Person A Poem Is a Naked Person

A Poem Is a Naked Person

Les Blank

 
A Poem Is a Naked Person (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1974
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #805

Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Yet it has not been released until now. Hired by Russell to film him at his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, Blank ended up constructing a unique, intimate portrait of a musician and his environment. Made up of mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing, both in concert and in the studio, as well as off-the-cuff moments behind the scenes, this singular film—which also features performances by Willie Nelson and George Jones—has attained legendary status over the years. It’s a work of rough beauty that serves as testament to Blank’s cinematic daring and Russell’s immense musical talents.

Credits

DirectorLes Blank
Filmed and edited byLes Blank
Executive produced byHarrod Blank
Produced byDenny Cordell, Leon Russell and Les Blank Films
Sound recording and assistant editing byMaureen Gosling

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by executive producer Harrod Blank, director Les Blank’s son, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between musician Leon Russell and Harrod Blank
  • Excerpts from a 2013 Q&A with Les Blank
  • A Film’s Forty-Year Journey: The Making of “A Poem Is a Naked Person,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Harrod Blank, assistant editor and sound recordist Maureen Gosling, and artist Jim Franklin
  • Out in the Woods, a short documentary by Gosling
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

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A Poem Is a Naked Person: I Shall Be Released

By Kent Jones March 29, 2016

Les Blank’s long-lost documentary revels in the trippy, eccentric world of and surrounding Tulsa Sound pioneer Leon Russell, transforming what might have been a standard concert movie into a . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Did You See This?

November 18, 2016

For Film Comment, Marc Walkow surveys the career of director Tomu Uchida, currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Like many commercial Japanese directors of his . . . Read more »


Video

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Memories of Leon Russell

November 15, 2016

Leon Russell and Harrod Blank In the early 1970s, singer-songwriter Leon Russell invited independent documentary filmmaker Les Blank to capture footage of him on tour and at his studio in . . . Read more »


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Leon Russell Performs in A Poem Is a Naked Person

March 30, 2016

More than forty years after legendary documentarian Les Blank began filming singer-songwriter Leon Russell, the brilliant work that emerged from his observations, A Poem Is a Naked Person, is . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28755id_081_thumbnail

A Poem Is a Naked Person: I Shall Be Released

By Kent Jones March 29, 2016

Les Blank’s long-lost documentary revels in the trippy, eccentric world of and surrounding Tulsa Sound pioneer Leon Russell, transforming what might have been a standard concert movie into a . . . Read more »

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