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J'ai Ete Au Bal
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J'ai Ete Au Bal

Director: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Chris Strachwitz, Michael Doucet

Cast: Les Blank, Maureen Gosling, Chris Strachwitz, Michael Doucet

 
Les Blank's superb documentary on the history of Cajun and zydeco music finally arrives on DVD in a package sure to please devotees of the sounds of Louisiana. J'ai Été au Bal/I Went to the Dance has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Most of the dialogue

Overview

Les Blank's superb documentary on the history of Cajun and zydeco music finally arrives on DVD in a package sure to please devotees of the sounds of Louisiana. J'ai Été au Bal/I Went to the Dance has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Most of the dialogue and interviews are in English, though the material in French has been subtitled. In addition to the main feature, the disc features a wealth of bonus material, including 30 minutes of performance outtakes, an alternate commentary track featuring Les Blank and his collaborators, an essay on how and why the film was produced, biographies of the filmmakers, detailed essays on several master musicians (among them Joe Falcon, Harry Choates, Iry LeJeune, and Amédé Ardoin), and a gallery of production stills. Simply put, if you love this sounds of the bayou and have a DVD player, this disc is an essential purchase.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
UPC:
0096297010396
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
NR
Source:
Arhoolie Records
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

30 minutes of previously unreleased "lost & found" bonus footage; Audio commentary by the filmmakers; Scene access & credits; Why films were made; Reviews and honors; About the filmmakers; Production stills; Detail scene info

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Iry LeJune: J'ai Été au Bal [:54]
2. Marc Savoy Talks About What Musicians' Heaven Is Like [1:14]
3. Walter Mouton: J'ai Été au Bal [1:43]
4. Eddie Shuler Talks About "the Cajun Belt" and Queen Ida About How This Music Has Been "Behind the Iron Curtain," Hidden From the World [:21]
5. "Queen Ida" Guillory: Ful il Sa (Al Lewis) [1:42]
6. Historical Background Followed by Bobby Michor Talking About Cajun Names in Front of Fred's Lounge in Mamou, Louisiana [1:29]
7. Michael Doucet (Fiddle Solos): Reel Cajun & Acadian Waltz [1:25]
8. Canray Fontenot: Lorita (Canray Fonetenot) [1:12]
9. Dennis McGee: O. Malheureuse [1:07]
10. Dennis McGee: Happy One Step [:19]
11. Dennis McGee Talks About His Family [:42]
12. Dennis McGee and Amédé Ardoin: Quoi Faire? [:34]
13. Dennis McGee Talks About Amédé Ardoin [:46]
14. Dennis McGee and Amédé Ardoin: Blues de Basile [:41]
15. "Bois Sec" Ardoin With Sons: Lake Charles Two Step [:51]
16. The Cajun Accordion: Michael Doucet Comments on How the Instrument Got Into This Music and Marc Savoy Illustrates His Views [1:09]
17. Mark Savoy: Melville Two Step [2:52]
18. Varise Connor Talks About the Accordion and Nathan Abshire: Domino Two Step and Jolie Pettite Blonde [1:56]
19. Michael Doucet on Working Hard and Playing Hard and Marc and Ann Savoy: I Made a Big Mistake [2:01]
20. Joe and Clema Falcon: Allons a Lafayette [1:30]
21. Ann Savoy Talks About Cleoma Falcon [:56]
22. Cleoma Falcon: Mon Coeur T'appelle (J'ai Passe Devant Ta Porte" [:23]
23. Solange Falcon Tells Stories About Her Uncle Joe Falcon, Women at Cajun Dances and Her Grandmother Acting as a Chaperone [1:22]
24. Odile Falcon: La Reine de la Salle [:45]
25. String Bands of the 1930's - The Hackberry Ramblers: Une Piastre Ici [2:20]
26. Edwin Duhon and Luderin Darbone Talk About Playing at "Fais Do Do's" [1:34]
27. Leo Soileau & His Four Aces: Hackberry Hop [:38]
28. Lionel LeLeux Talks About Hard Work During the Great Depression But Also About the Relative Good Times Enjoyed by Musicians [:39]
29. Oklahoma Tornadoes: La Prison [:31]
30. Barry Ancelet and Michael Doucet Comment on the Stigma of Being Cajun and Becoming "American" [1:07]
31. Western Swing: Chuck Guillory and Preston Manuel: Grand Texas [1:01]
32. Barry Ancelet and D.L. Menard Talk About the Effect of Country & Western on Cajun Musicians [:16]
33. Harry Coates Is Heard and Michael Doucet Talks About Him [:35]
34. Harry Coates: Jole Blonde [:45]
35. Barry Ancelet Talks About the Revival of Cajun Culture After World War II [:55]
36. Iry LeJeune: Bayou Pom Pom [2:25]
37. Iry LeJeune: La Valse des Grands Chemins [1:18]
38. The Roots of Zydeco and Joseph Jones: Blues de Prison [:20]
39. Jimmy Peters and the Ring Dance Singers: J'ai Fait Tout le Tour du Pays (Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales) [:23]
40. Clifton Chenier: Louisiana Blues [1:49]
41. Clifton Chenier: Zydeco Sont Pas Sale [1:08]
42. Clifton Chenier: Zydeco Two Step [:51]
43. Local Radio: DJ Luke Collins at KSLO in Opelousas, Louisiana and Saturday Morning Broadcast, MC'd by Revon Reed, From Fred's Lounge in Mamou [:36]
44. D.L. Menard: The Back Door [2:10]
45. D.L. Menard Talks About Meeting Hank Williams and Writing [1:20]
46. D.L. Menard: Under a Green Oak Tree [:46]
47. Barry Ancelet Introduces Swamp Pop [:18]
48. Rock & Roll - Johnny Allen: Do You Love Me So [:51]
49. The Balfa Brothers With Tracey Schwarz: Acadian Two Step and Port Arthur Blues [1:23]
50. The Balfa Brothers: La Valse Criminelle [:54]
51. Fok Festivals and Young Musicians [1:53]
52. Michael Doucet & Beausoleil: Quoi Faire [1:52]
53. Paul Daigle: Rayne One Step [1:02]
54. Paul Daigle and Cajun Gold: J'ai Couter les Menteuses [1:44]
55. Canray Fontenot: Joe Pitre a Deux Femmes - John Delafose: Joe Pitre a Deux Femmes [1:28]
56. A Louisiana Trail Ride and Boozoo Chavis: Johnny Billy Goat [1:36]
57. The Rubboard: Jermaine Jack: Bosco Stomp [1:15]
58. Clifton Chenier Talks About Old Rubboards and His New Invention. David Rubin Talks About Cleveland Chenier, Followed by Cleveland Talking and Playing the Rubboard [1:36]
59. Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco, Introduced by John Hart: I'm a Hog For You [4:22]
60. Rockin' Sydney: My Toot Toot [2:31]
61. Wayne Toups: Allons a Lafayette [2:31]
62. Music Over Credits: Michael Doucet and Beausoleil: J'ai Été au Bal - A Version Especially Recorded for This Film [4:19]
1. Introduction to Canray Fontenot [:25]
2. Canray Fontenot - Allons Chercher [1:15]
3. Canry Fontenot - Malinda [1:03]
4. Odile Falcon - Au Pont du Nannes [1:59]
5. Lionel Leleux: Lionel's Blues [2:30]
6. Varise Connor: Mr. Connor's Blues [1:52]
7. Lionel Leleux and Michael Doucet: Cajun Waltz [1:24]
8. Chuck Guillory and Preston Manuel With Tina Pilione and Curzy "Pork Chop" Roy: Jolie Blonde [3:25]
9. California Cajun Jam Session With "Queen Ida" Guillory, Danny Poullard, Suzi Thompson and George Broussard: Grand Mamou [2:32]
10. John Delafose: Zydeco Two Step [2:01]
11. Michael Doucet & Wayne Toups - Zydeco Sont Pas Sale [3:45]

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