Taking advantage of Criterion’s Les Blank uploads on Hulu and filling in some gaps. I have loved every film of his I have watched, but this might be my favorite so far.
I am left wondering if this kind of thing is really possible anymore – the innocence of his films, both the subjects but even him seems like something that would be hard to replicate these days. certainly there are plenty of docs made now by highlighting the fringes of society, but they are generally too self conscious in style, too goofy. Probably this is just the inherent nostalgia in a lot of Blank’s work talking, but that is certainly part of the appeal too.