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Directed by Robert Frank

United States 1968 91 mins.

In Frank’s first feature-length film, documentary footage of poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Peter’s brother Julius are inserted in a fictional framework. Constantly delineating real and imaginary situations and moving back and forth between color and black and white, the film describes the inner and outer worlds of Julius, a catatonic who silently observes the world around him.

1965–68, re-edited 1997



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