I Went to the Dance (J’ai été au bal)

Friday, September 1 - Thursday, September 14, 2023

Co-Director Maureen Gosling in person for Q&A Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2 at the 7:10 shows.

New 5K Restoration!

Blank (Burden of Dreams) and Strachwitz’s joyful documentary is the seminal film of the history of the foot-stomping, toe-tapping music of French Southwest Louisiana, featuring interviews with and performances from an amazing roster of Cajun and Zydeco greats: Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Marc and Ann Savoy, D.L. Menard and many more. Newly restored and remastered, this essential chronicle of a unique American subculture looks and sounds better than ever.

“His gaze is never exoticizing, trivializing, or
mocking, too earnestly focused as it is on teasing out the lyricism in the
endless, inexplicable idiosyncrasies of mortals.”–
Cosmo Bjorkenheim,
Screen Slate

  • Country USA
  • Year 1989
  • Running Time 84 minutes
  • Format 5K Restoration
  • Distributor Argot Pictures
  • Director Les Blank, Chris Strachwitz, Maureen Gosling
  • Cast Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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