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Dry Wood

Film by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
Produced by Flower Films
Cinematographer: Les Blank
Sound: Maureen Gosling
Editing: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling
Copyright: 1973, Les Blank
37 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1973
Distributor: Flower Films
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A glimpse into the life, food, and Mardi Gras celebrations of black Creoles in French Louisiana, featuring the stories and music of "Bois Sec" Ardoin and Canray Fontenot. Dry Wood is one of a number of Les Blank's critically acclaimed films on Lousiana life and culture. Hot Pepper, a film on zydeco great Clifton Chenier, is a companion to Dry Wood. These films and many other important documentary films about American folklife are available on DVD at Les Blank’s Flower Films.

"Dry Wood" is an almost continual round of barbecues, expositions on sausage making, and demonstrations of gumbo preparation where Blank gets so close to the action that he's almost using his lens to stir the pot.
--- J. Hoberman, American Film


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