Les Blank

7 Documentaries Available on Hulu

A Well Spent Life
A Well Spent Life (1971)

Legendary guitarist Mance Lipscomb opens up to Les Blank's camera in this intimate portrait of the blues musician. (44 min)

Always for Pleasure
Always for Pleasure (1978)

This 1978 documentary is Les Blank's celebration of the spirit and social traditions of New Orleans, featuring Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day celebrations as well as musical performances by Allen Toussaint, Kid Thomas Valentine, and others. (58 min)

Burden of Dreams
Burden of Dreams (1982)

Les Blank documents acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog's ambitious and troubled production of Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle (95 min)

Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers
Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)

In this love letter to "the stinking rose," documentarian Les Blank interviews garlic fanatics of all stripes, from cooks to members of garlic appreciation societies. (51 min)

Hot Pepper
Hot Pepper (1973)

Hot Pepper is an energetic portrait of the Grammy-winning Creole musician Clifton Chenier, a.k.a. the King of Zydeco. Chenier’s accordion-driven songs are unforgettably catchy, and Les Blank beautifully captures the music’s propulsive, foot-tapping joy. (55 min)

The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins
The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1969)

Les Blank creates a vivid portrait of bluesman Lightin' Hopkins through a vital collection of musical performances and oral histories. (49 min)

The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists
The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1995)

This documentary from Les Blank follows the indomitable Gerald "The Maestro" Gaxiola, who turned to a life of prolific art making after years as an aircraft mechanic, traveling salesman, and body builder. (53 min)