Dry Wood (Blank, 1973)

Dry Wood (Les Blank, 1973)

This was the least interesting of the Blank documentaries I’ve seen, but it was still a worthwhile watch. Here the focus is on an entire community as opposed to one person. While I’ve enjoyed other documentaries that present a community, Dry Wood never manages to paint an intimate picture of these folks. I felt more like a bystander who happened to venture through and witness outward events and behaviors whereas similar successful docs delve into who their focal communities are. The latter half features a family and their ritual of butchering a hog, and here is where the film is most insightful with the glance into the way the family bonds over the extensive and orderly procedure. I would have liked an entire film with that type of transparency.  7.75/10

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