Spend it All
Film Info
Premiere Status:USA
Running Time:73
Original Language:English
dir:Les Blank
cam:Les Blank
editor:Les Blank

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Les Blank has changed the ways in which we gather knowledge, understand movies and even celebrate life itself. Throughout the years, Blank’s films have best been known to champion aspects of the world that reveal sheer enjoyment. His focuses on music, food, art and culture valorize people who appreciate the world. His body of work is not only impressive but can stand in for a guide to how to live well. In this program we are excited to present rarely seen works from Blank’s early filmmaking years.In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, we present several newly restored films all directed by Blank and on 16mm. For the first time on the west coast, we screen the restored print of Spend it All (1972), a documentary quintessential of Blank's approach. The film celebrates the vitality of the Cajun lifestyle, paying special attention to the food, music and humor of the culture. Additionally, we will have world premieres of the restorations of the rarely seen films Chicken Real (1970, 23 min) and Christopher Tree (aka Spontaneous Sound, 1972, 10 min). All films restored by the Academy Film Archive.
-Sean Uyehara

This is a Cinema by the Bay Film.

Additional Information

Les Blank

Les Blank is a renowned independent filmmaker, whose poetic work offers intimate, idiosyncratic glimpses into the lives, culture and music of passionate people at the periphery of American society. Topics have included Cajun, Mexican, Polish, Hawaiian and Serbian-American music and food traditions; Afro-Cuban drummers; Texas bluesmen; Appalachian fiddlers; flower children; garlic and gap-toothed women. Blank is perhaps best known for his feature-length Burden of Dreams (1982), documenting the chaotic production of Werner Herzog’s 1982 film Fitzcarraldo in the jungles of South America. Honored with a Criterion DVD edition and winner of the British Academy Award, Roger Ebert called the film “one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie.”