Short Takes (V): "Pull My Daisy"

Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie’s Pull My Daisy (1959; 26 minutes) is probably only remembered today for featuring Alan Ginsberg and having been narrated and “written” by Jack Kerouac (though there’s no writing in the film in any real sense—only Kerouac free-associating in voice-over).  A cheekily off-hand document of Beat-generation hijinks, it’s more of a novelty, a curio, than a real avant-garde classic from roughly the same period such as Christopher Maclaine’s The End (1953).  But Todd Haynes was really onto something when he cast David Cross as Ginsberg in I’m Not There (2007), right?

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