Re: [Videolib] DVDs of CHULAS FRONTERAS, DEL MERO CORAZON and J'AI

Steve Fesenmaier (mystery12@charter.net)
Tue, 19 Aug 2003 22:08:16 -0400

FLOWER FILMS ANNOUNCES DVD RELEASE OF THREE CLASSIC
LES BLANK/CHRIS STRACHWITZ MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES
co-produced by Les Blank,Chris Strachwitz and Maureen Gosling

Flower Films is proud to announce two new DVDs featuring expanded
documentaries by legendary filmmaker Les Blank. Both DVDs include 30
minutes of previously unreleased bonus footage plus commentary tracks by
the filmmakers!

These DVDs are essential
additions to traditional / world music collections.

J'AI ETE AU BAL (I Went To The Dance) Brazos Films DVD BF-103
upc: 0 94819 01039 7

A film by Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz & Maureen Gosling
Narrated by Barry Jean Ancelet and Michael Doucet.
84 minutes + 30 Minutes of Previously Unreleased "lost & found" footage
(edited by Maureen Gosling)
COLOR.

Special DVD Features include:

30 additional minutes of bonus footage, Audio Commentary by the
filmmakers, scene access and credits, why the films were made, reviews
and honors, about the filmmakers, production stills, & detailed scene info.

Historic Sequences about: Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, Iry LeJeune, Harry
Choates and more.
Features Historic Performances by: Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Walter
Mouton, Rockin’ Sidney, The Balfa Brothers, Marc & Ann Savoy, D.L.
Menard, Nathan Abshire, Michael Doucet & Beausoleil, John Delafose,
Wayne Toups, Bois Sec Ardoin, Chuck Guillory, The Hackberry Ramblers,
Dennis McGee, Boozoo Chavis, Odile Falcon, Canray Fontenot, Paul Daigle
& Cajun Gold and others.

REVIEWS
An exuberant tribute to the continuing vitality of Louisiana1s Cajun and
Zydeco music... (Illuminated by) passion, humor and common sense... The
one thing common to all of (Les Blank’s)
films is the superior journalist’s gift for being able to share his
enthusiasms without seeming to manipulate the subjects... Guaranteed to
send everyone out of the theatre feeling good and probably better.
Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“J’ai été au Bal is such an infectious music film on Louisiana French
and Zydeco music that it’s hard to stay seated... It is a feast of
folkloric scholarship, human history, regional color and irresistible
music, an inspiring 'must-see for anyone interested in American folkways
or music. The film contains all the pertinent info... blended with
wonderful performances and recollections of the various musicians... The
Cajun sense of lost love comes through in almost all the songs, but if
the theme is sad, the music is unusually exhilarating.”
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

J’ai été au Bal emerges as proof that a fascinating, deeply researched
documentary film can be splendidly entertaining.
Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner

“The combination of Strachwitz’s scholarship and Blank’s ever-keen
appreciation of regional color and style make J’ai été au Bal a model of
its type, a must-see for lovers of roots and traditional music, and an
eye-opener for anyone curious about American culture... Witty insightful
narration...remarkable archival footage, creatively compiled and edited
by Blank’s longtime collaborator Maureen
Gosling... manages to capture all the eccentricity, authenticity and
electricity that keep Cajun and
Zydeco alive and kicking... Despite the abundance of material covered,
never once does this fine film resemble a collection of clips and curios
for the converted. Strachwitz’s rich research and
Blank’s endearingly personal style keep J’ai été au Bal alive and vital,
just as Doucet and Rockin’ Doopsie and other Louisiana masters of Cajun
and Zydeco do for the music they so love. See this
movie and share their passion.”
Terry Lawson, Dayton Daily News

CHULAS FRONTERAS AND DEL MERO CORAZON ></></></><
DVD produced by Chris Strachwitz, Les Blank and Maureen Gosling
Two Tex-Mex Classics Together on One DVD
Brazos Films DVD BF-104
upc: 0 94819 01049 6

86 minutes + 30 Minutes of Previously Unreleased "lost & found" footage
(edited by Maureen Gosling)
COLOR.
Special DVD Features include: additional bonus footage (featuring Lydia
Mendoza, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, José Morante, Los Hermanos
Cardenas and Los Alegres de Terán), audio Commentary by the filmmakers,
scene access and credits, why the films were made, reviews and honors,
about the filmmakers, production stills, & detailed scene info.

Chulas Fronteras - by Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz
Filmed in South Texas with: Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jiménez, Narciso
Martínez, Los Alegres de Terán, Rumel Fuentes, Don Santiago Jiménez, Los
Pinqüinos Del Norte, Ramiro Cavazos (Canción Mixteca), and others.

Selected for the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress for
its very special historical, cultural and artistic contributions.

Del Mero Corazón -by Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz and Maureen Gosling
with: Little Joe & La Familia, Leo Garza, Chavela Ortíz, Andres
Berlanga, Ricardo Mejía, Conjunto Tamaulípas,
and more.
30 Min Bonus Footage (DVD ONLY)
with: Lydia Mendoza, Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, José Morante,
Las Hermanos Cardenas, & Los Alegres de Terán and more. 14 SONGS NEVER
BEFORE RELEASED ON FILM.

REVIEWS

“Chulas Fronteras is absolutely the best Chicano documentary film that I
have seen to-date...It is our history, rescued without excuses and
without romanticism but with vitality”
Prof. Juan Rodriguez, University of California, San Diego

“Chulas Fronteras provides a magnificent introduction to the most
exciting Norteña (Northern Texas-Mexican border) musicians working
today: Los Alegres de Terán, Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jiménez and others.
The music and spirit of the people is seen embodied in their strong
family life and sheer enjoyment of domestic rituals, preparing of food
and eating, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, gathering in the
backyard with friends. At the same time Blank does not overlook the
hardships, in particular the Chicano experience of migrating from state
to state with the seasons
for work in the fields. He makes clear the role that music has in
redeeming their lives by giving utterance to collective pain. For music,
politics and life are integrated in this film in a way that
is both enchanting and unsettling.”

“Del Mero Corazón is Blank's truest, most expressive film to date: there
is history, there are expressions of pride in La Raza, demonstrated by
street murals and by "Las Nubes," an uplifting
anthem to the Latin heritage, sung by Little Joe & La Familia.
Joe Nick Patoski, Texas Monthly

“Del Mero Corazón is a Iyrical journey through the heart of Chicano
culture, as reflected in the love songs of the Tex-Mex Norteña music
tradition. Love songs are the poetry of daily life, poetry of passion
and death, hurt and humor, pleasures and torn dreams of desire. In the
film, these songs travel from intimate family gatherings to community
dancehalls, from the borderlands to wherever La
Raza works, lives, settles down. They are passed along, changed, and
turned into new songs always sung from the heart. Stars: Leo Garza,
Chavela Ortiz and Brown Express, Little Joe and La Familia
and more. Blank's camera paints portraits of pain, and vitality, then
sees through them, to the hearts and souls within.
Rick Chatenever, Santa Cruz Sentinel

For Purchase

Flower Films
www.lesblank.com
510 525 0942
10341 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, Ca 94530

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