|SPEND IT ALL (director/writer: Les Blank; cinematographer: Les Blank; editor: Maureen Gosling; music: Dewey Balfa/Marc Savoy/Adam Landreneau; Runtime: 41; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Les Blank; Janus Films; 1972)|
fun-loving Cajuns in their environment."
by Dennis Schwartz
genial documentary by the prolific documentarian Les
Blank ("Burden of Dreams"/"Dry
Wood"/"Hot Pepper") shows the fun-loving Cajuns in
their environment, especially their joy for food and
music. A quick history lesson is also provided telling
how they settled in 1604 in the Louisiana bayou
and came here in great numbers in 1700s to escape the
British conquerors of their Acadia. There's also
sequences of horse racing Cajun style.
follows Dewey Balfa and Marc Savoy, who are Cajuns
living in southern Louisiana and both are part-time
workers and musicians. Marc loves the simple and free
life of living in the bayou, and compares living in
NYC's rat race to being in jail. Dewey's relatives
think modern life has become too fast and wouldn't
mind going back to the old days even when they were
paid so little. He claims the Cajuns had it much
better then because everyone in the community stuck
together and helped each other out.
REVIEWED ON 8/6/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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