|A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (director/writer: Les Blank; cinematographer: Les Blank; editor: Les Blank; cast: Leon Russell, George Jones, Willie Nelson, David Briggs, Patrick Henderson, Mary McCreary, Eric Andersen, Jim Franklin, Charlie McCoy, Billy Byrd, Ambrose Campbell, “Sweet” Mary Egan, Malissa Bates; Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Denny Cordell, Leon Russell; Janus; 1974)|
|"A most entertaining rocker film in a
true psychedelic playful sense."
by Dennis Schwartz
first feature of Les Blank ("Burden of
Dreams"/"All in the Tea"/"In Heaven There is No
Beer?") was this excellent free-wheeling documentary
on the colorful and enigmatic rocker Leon Russell. The
time capsule film follows Russell, the writer singer
of Delta Lady and A Song for You, and his band in his
recording studio in northeast Oklahoma and live in
concert. Also highlighted are fellow singers like
Supposedly Russell was unhappy that most of the film focused on fellow musicians, local color and scenery, and not him. As film producer, Russell had the power to block its release and did so. But the long lost film was recently released in 2015 on DVD by Criterion and stirred up positive memories. The rock film doc was shot between 1972 and 1974. There was great music, splendid odd moments, great sunsets and a most entertaining rocker film in a true psychedelic playful sense.
REVIEWED ON 4/6/2016 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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