Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers
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|Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers|
|Directed by||Les Blank|
|Produced by||Les Blank|
|Distributed by||Flower Films|
Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers is a 1980 documentary film about garlic directed by Les Blank. In 2004, the film was selected for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The Academy Film Archive preserved Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers in 1999.
The director recommends that, when the film is shown, a toaster oven containing several heads of garlic be turned on in the rear of the theater, unbeknownst to the audience, with the intended result that approximately halfway through the showing the entire theater will be filled with the smell of garlic.
In Blank's 1982 film Burden of Dreams, a documentary chronicling the filming of Fitzcarraldo, director Werner Herzog and other crew members can be seen wearing "Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers" T-shirts.
The title is said to be a shortened form of the old saying "Garlic is as good as ten mothers... for keeping the girls away."
- "Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980) - Cast, Credits & Awards". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Les Blank Films - Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)". Les Blank Films. Les Blank Films. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
- Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers at the Internet Movie Database
- Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers page from Les Blank site
- Washington Post article
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