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Les Blank

...All in This Tea

Follows the world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world. During his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal where he was introduced to some of the finest tea. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China to find tea for himself, climbing up lush, terraced mountainsides to meet the farmers who practiced skills handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. A film by Les Blank. 70 min.

Garlic is As Good As Ten Mothers

A film by Les Blank. Celebrates the virtues of garlic, from a Chinese restaurant's sizzling wok to the stuffed piglet specialty of Berkeley's Chez Panisse and the garlic festival at Gilroy, Calif. Garlic enthusiasts describe the bulb's role in history, its medicinal qualities, and their own favorite garlic concoctions. Dist.: Flower Films. 1980. 51 min.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

A film by Les Blank. German film producer Werner Herzog is shown as he prepares to eat his shoe because of a lost bet. Herzog claimed he would "eat his shoe" if Errol Morris ever actually made one of the films he was forever talking about. Stung to action, Morris directed the highly acclaimed Gates of Heaven. True to his word Herzog is shown here keeping his promise as he expounds upon the art of filmmaking, expressing the belief that people must have "the guts to attempt what they dream of." Dist.: Flower Films.1980. 20 min.
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Yum Yum Yum

Les Blank marries his passion for spicy, down home food and his love for Cajuns and Creoles in this mouth-watering, exploration of the cooking and other enthusiasms of French-speaking Louisiana. Features tangy music, Marc Savoy, Paul Prudhomme, and other great cooks. Dist. by Flower Films. 1990. 31 min.