Documentary Filmmaker Les Blank: 1935 - 2013


Here are a few of the many things that fascinated Les Blank: Tea. Fans of polka. New Orleans funerals. Gap-toothed women. And Werner Herzog. Mr. Blank won numerous awards for his documentary "Burden of Dreams", about the making of Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo." But that one film is hardly representative of his wide, idiosyncratic body of work. Les Blank died on Sunday, at 77. Harrod Blank is the documentary-maker's son.

AP Photo:Harrod Blank

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