United States 2015, 90 min, English, Hebrew & English subtitles
This film tries to unravel the mystery of country and folk legend Leon Russell, who switched from being an anguished prophet to a silver-haired satyr in the blink of an eye. Although it was made in 1974, Les Blank’s film is only being released now. It offers a glimpse into a frozen moment in time, to a world already on the verge of extinction. Blank followed Russell and his entourage from his recording studio in Oklahoma to shows across the United States, capturing encounters with eccentric individuals, breathtaking landscapes, famous musicians (from Doris Day and Barbra Streisand to Bob Dylan and BB King). The result is a legendary account of times past, of places where people made music, but also grabbed geese, handled snakes, talked philosophy, and danced naked in the forest.
Previous Festivals: IDFA