Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

(Les Blank and Maureen Gosling, US 1979, 22 min., 16mm)

Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

(Les Blank, US 1980, 51 min., 16mm)

Les Blank. Two of Blank’s most loving odes to culinary creativity, these two lighthearted yet meticulously composed masterpieces are as endearing as they are interesting. Following a lost bet with filmmaker Errol Morris, cinematic daredevil Werner Herzog stringently holds up his end of the bargain in one of Blank’s most poignantly funny films. Following it up is his affectionate ode to garlic (a key ingredient in Herzog’s shoe broth); Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers exudes emotion, effortlessly maintaining something that many films lack: an outward sense of enjoyment in the filmmaking process and an unwavering fascination with its subject.