Monday, April 08, 2013

MORE SHOES, MORE BOOTS, MORE GARLIC: LES BLANK RIP


Influential documentarian Les Blank died.  We've spoken of his work on the show before, primarily his projects revolving around Werner Herzog.  His 1982 film Burden of Dreams chronicles Herzog's massive struggle to complete the film Fitzcarraldo in the jungles of Peru.  In some ways Fitzcarraldo was Herzog's Apocalypse Now, so you could easily compare the tone of Burden of Dreams to Eleanor Coppola's documentary Hearts of Darkness.


Another curious project of Blank's is called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.  This short documentary shows Herzog living up to a promise he made to Errol Morris.  Herzog said he would eat his shoe if Morris ever completed his film Gates of Heaven.  The day after the bet was made, Morris went out and found camera equipment, and the rest is history.

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