|GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS (director: Les Blank; screenwriter: Les Blank; cinematographer: Les Blank; editor: Maureen Gosling; music: ; cast: Chris Pray (Narrator), Antzonini Del Puerto, Kathleen Bendel, Alice Waters, Lloyd John Harris, Werner Herzog, Warren Weber, George Flintroy; Runtime: 51; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Les Blank; Janus; 1980)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Experimental documentarian Les Blank ("Hot
Pepper"/"The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin'
Hopkins"/"Spend It All") joyously and
lightheartedly promotes his love affair with garlic,
which is another name for the Stinking Rose. Pic
includes the many uses of garlic found around the
world as both an edible and a cure-all. It also covers
its history and offers several recipes. Interviews
with chefs, growers (from Gilroy, in Northern
California), musicians who appreciate garlic, and with
film-maker Werner Herzog ("Nosferatu") who offers his
two-cents about its power in vampire movies. Music
such as flamenco and Zydeco blend together with the
cooking experiences. All the garlic lovers religiously
preach about its benefits, that if not a believer it
might influence you to join such a healthy club before
it's too late.
might add that I'm a garlic lover.
REVIEWED ON 8/13/2015 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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