Monday, January 25, 2010

Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie

Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, and Alan Ginsberg

Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie's Pull My Daisy (1959) is not a documentary, but the film's setting and characters make it a worthy document of New York's Lower East Side beats, artists, poets, and musicians. Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, and Alan Ginsberg (top still) are among the actors. That's Ginsburg, in close-up, in the second still. An improvisational, wise-cracking narration is by Jack Kerouac.

As in Robert Frank's book of photographs, The Americans, Pull My Daisy occasionally uses American flags to add an ironic touch (third still).
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