Poem Is A Naked Person, A: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1974) / Region 1
Poem Is A Naked Person, A: The Criterion Collection

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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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 19 2016
  • Production Year 1974
  • Empire SKU 1777205
  • UPC Code 715515170116
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by executive producer Harrod Blank, director Les Blank’s son
New conversation between musician Leon Russell and Harrod Blank
Excerpts from a 2013 Q&A with Les Blank
A Film’s Forty-Year Journey: The Making of ""A Poem Is a Naked Person"", a new documentary featuring interviews with Harrod Blank, assistant editor and sound recordist Maureen Gosling, and artist Jim Franklin
Out in the Woods, a short documentary by Gosling
Plus: An essay by critic Kent Jones


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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