NOW ON DVD!!
Co-Produced by Chris Strachwitz and Maureen Gosling
20 MINUTES OF BONUS FOOTAGE NEVER BEFORE RELEASED!
JAI ETE AU BAL - I WENT TO THE DANCE
A Film by Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz and Maureen Gosling
Directed and Photographed by Les Blank
Produced and Sound Recording by Chris Strachwitz
Edited and Sound Recording by Maureen Gosling
REVIEW OF THE NEW DVD:
"A better in-depth, comprehensive examination of Louisiana's French music and culture doesn't existanywhere." Dan Willging, Off Beat Magazine
"...J'AI ETE AU BAL: ROOTS OF CAJUN AND ZYDECO offers the closest look at the rich musical tradition of French-speaking south Louisiana that most of us will ever have.
"Working with ethnomusicologist Chris Strachwitz, filmmaker Les Blank delved deep into the heartlands of Cajun and zydeco music, interviewing musicians, filming performances and digging up forgotten history. This kind of project sometimes threatens to be a pedantic bore, but the editing by Blank's longtime collaborator, Maureen Gosling, puts sparkle and snap into the film, which moves along like a rousing two-step.
"It covers famous musicians like Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis and Michael Doucet of Beausoleil while giving more obscure, but equally influential players like D. L. Menard, Bois Sec, Iry LeJeune and Amede Ardoin their due. The cameras enter the skirling country dance halls, visit with the musicians in their living rooms and best of all, catch them playing and reminiscing in informal outdoor settings with friends.
"The marvelous sequences with Bois Sec and Dennis McGee, both old but very lively men at the time of the film was made, are alone worth the price of admission. But the footage of Clifton Chenier in concert will revive many a wonderful memory of those fortunate enough to enjoy the late 'King of Zydeco' in his element." Ben Windham, The Tuscaloosa News