20 Mar 2021, Short film: Pull my daisy

20.3.2021, Short film: Pull my daisy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pull_My_Daisy: 1959 American short film directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie … adapted by Jack Kerouac from the third act of his play, Beat Generation. Kerouac also provided improvised narration. It features poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky … Based on an incident in the life of Beat icon Neal Cassady and his wife, the painter Carolyn, the film tells the story of a railway brakeman whose wife invites a respected bishop over for dinner. However, the brakeman’s bohemian friends crash the party … The Beat philosophy emphasized spontaneity, and the film conveyed the quality of having been thrown together or even improvised … selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry … in 1996, as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Bill Morgan (2003): The Beat Generation in San Franciso. A literary tour. Introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. City Lights Books, San Franciso:

  • Tour 2, North Beach: Telegraph Hill to Chinatown via Montgomery Street. p.30, El Matador, 492 Broadway. … On the first floor, …there once existed one of San Franciso’s swankiest nightclubs … much too pricey for the average North beach hipster, but in 1959 a special party was given in honor of Jack Kerouac on the occasion of the San Francisco premiere of Robert Frank’s joyous film about Beat life … Kerouac arrived … so dishelved that the doorman didn’t recognize him and refused to let him in …
  • Tour 12, South Peninsula. p.207-208, Los Gatos – The Cassady House, 18231 Bancroft Avenue. … On one visit to Los Gatos, Kerouac went with the Cassadys to hear Bishop Romano … They invited the bishop over to their house to meet Ginsberg and Orlovsky afterwards … Kerouac’s inspiration for the story that became Pull my Daisy, Robert Frank’s quintessential Beat film.