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Les Blank


Born - 27 November 1935, Tampa, Florida, USA
Died - 7 April 2013

Tall, impressively bearded and moustachioed, this Florida-born director was best known for his documentary work, most notably the 1982 work Burden of Dreams, about Werner Herzog's filming of Fitzcarraldo, which won him a string of awards. Blank, who died from bladder cancer, also made Dizzy Gillespie (1965), The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1969), Hot Pepper (1973), Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980), In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984). Yum, Yum Yum! (1990), The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1995) and All in This Tea (2007), his last.