Pull My Daisy is a classic look at the soul of the beat generation, made with writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and painters Alfred Leslie, Larry Rivers, and Alice Neel. It was written and narrated by Kerouac, based on his unproduced play “The Beat Generation.” It tells the story of a bishop (Richard Bellamy) and his mother (Alice Neel) who pay a visit to Milo, a railroad worker. At the same time his poet friends, Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Gregory Corso, hang around quizzing the bishop about the meaning of life and its everyday relationship to art and poetry.
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.