In 1972, famed photographer (The Americans) and filmmaker Robert Frank followed the Rolling Stones on their first North American tour since the Altamont debacle —an outing in promotion of their new Exile On Main Street album. While the Stones commissioned the film, Frank’s portrait of their rock ’n roll road life—yes, sex, drugs, and rock & roll (interspersed by tedium) struck such an unflattering note that the film was immediately shelved where, save some poor bootleg copies, it has remained largely unseen for four decades. Tonight’s rare screening of the raunchy time-capsule affords vintage performances of “Brown Sugar,” “All Down the Line,” “Satisfaction,” and more; bad behavior; and cameos with such luminaries such as Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Terry Southern, Stevie Wonder, and Bianca Jagger. Adult Audiences.
“The best Rolling Stones movie you’ve never seen. . . Gritty, tedious, funny, nauseating, thrilling, and merciless, [it] may be the most complete rock & roll documentary ever made. It is also the greatest Stones film most of their fans have never seen—at least not seen right, in a full-size theater, surrounded by a gasping, nervously chuckling audience . . . The Stones in 1972 were magnificently raw and feral, at the peak of their era with (Mick) Taylor, and the music comes like a rush of blood to the head.”– David Fricke, Rolling Stone.
Special Admission $12; Silver Screen members $10. No NWFC comp admission tickets. Cocksucker Blues is © Robert Frank, 1972, distributed by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Appears in: 34th Reel Music Festival
Genres: Bad boys, Documentary, Music
Other Films by Robert Frank
Speaking in voiceover, Frank narrates scenes shot in his homes in New York and Nova Scotia. His rambling commentary returns to familiar themes of memory, and the loss of friends and family members. Alternately poignant, reflective, self-mocking, and angry, this candid autobiography reveals Frank’s late career preoccupations.
The artist joins Robert MacMillan on a wintry, pre-dawn morning and accompanies him on his daily route delivering newspapers in the rural Nova Scotia community where Frank has had a second home for many years. Chatting amiably in voiceover as his camera observes the landscape and MacMillan’s encounters with his customers, Frank conducts a rambling …
Frank narrates a charming re-enactment of his visit to the home of photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The cast comprises his wife June Leaf as Georgia O’Keeffe, artist Jerome Sother as Robert Frank, and Frank himself in the role of Stieglitz.