The Criterion Collection: A Poem Is a Naked Person

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Release Date  Mar 29, 2016
Starring  Leon Russell, George Jones, Willie Nelson
Director  Les Blank
Screen Format  Widescreen
Video Format  1.37:1
Audio  LPCM Mono
Language  English
Subtitles  English
Year  1974
Running Time  90 minutes
Genre  Documentary
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0007726466
Item Code  715515170017


  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by executive producer Harrod Blank, director Les Blank’s son, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • Trailers
  • An essay by critic Kent Jones


Les Blank (Burden of Dreams) 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.

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