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Robert Frank
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Robert Frank

Pull My Daisy

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Robert Frank by Robert Frank

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"Pull My Daisy" is a 1959 short film that typifies the "Beat Generation". Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, Daisy was adapted by Jack Kerouac from the third act of a stage play he never finished titled "Beat Generation". Kerouac also provided improvised narration. It starred Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, Peter Orlovsky, David Amram, Richard Bellamy, Alice Neel, Sally Gross and Pablo Frank, Robert Franks then-infant son. Based on an incident in the life of Neal Cassady and his wife Carolyn, Daisy tells the story of a railway brakeman whose painter wife invites a respectable bishop over for dinner. However, the brakemans bohemian friends crash the party, with comic results.The title "Pull My Daisy" was taken from the poem of the same name written by Kerouac, Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy over the 1940s and 1950s. The poem features in the film as the lyric within the jazz composition at the films opening. The Beat philosophy emphasized spontaneity, and the film conveyed the quality of having been thrown together or even improvised. "Pull My Daisy" was accordingly praised for years as an improvisational masterpiece, until Leslie revealed in a 1968 article in the "Village Voice" that the film was actually carefully planned, rehearsed, and directed by him and Frank, who shot the film on a professionally lit studio set. This book interweaves a transcript of Kerouacs narration from the film with film stills and also includes an introduction by Jerry Tallmer written in 1961.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783865216731
ISBN-10: 3865216730
Format: Hardback
(201mm x 137mm x 11mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Steidl Verlag
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: Germany

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