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Filmmaker Les Blank Made Cinematic Art Out Of Interests

Les Blank is probably best known for his 20-minute film, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. The filmmaker made dozens of documentaries, however, about people, places, food and especially music. He made films about Dizzy Gillespie, Lightnin' Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Tommy Jarrell and even garlic. Blank died on Sunday at his home in Berkeley, Calif., of cancer. He was 77 years old.