Thursday, July 23, 2009

Les Blank

Mance Lipscomb
University of Chicago Folklore Society
Flower Films
texas blues
Navasota Texas

Les Blank's A Well Spent Life (1971) documents blues guitarist and singer Mance Lipscomb. It's a beautiful film.

Blank portrays the community of Navasota, Texas by showing landscapes, daily life, friends, and family. Lipscomb's story and music unfold with interviews and performances in a variety of settings, along with scenes of cooking, farming, nightspots, and a baptism. Blank uses plenty of observational footage, close-ups of people, and text from posters and signs.
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