Following Leon Russell Monument Unveiling and Dedication Sat, Nov 10, join us at Circle Cinema for a special screening of A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (1974) at 2:00. The film will be introduced by Leon Russell Historian Steve Todoroff. General Admission is $7.50. Tickets!
Footage from Circle Cinema’s 2015 premiere including Q&A with Leon Russell and executive producer Harrod Blank (director Les Blank’s son) following the film.
About the film:
Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about beloved singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Yet it has not been released until now. Hired by Russell to film him at his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, Blank ended up constructing a unique, intimate portrait of a musician and his environment. Made up of mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing, both in concert and in the studio, as well as off-the-cuff moments behind the scenes, this singular film—which also features performances by Willie Nelson and George Jones—has attained legendary status over the years. It’s a work of rough beauty that serves as testament to Blank’s cinematic daring and Russell’s immense musical talents.