Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
“The world’s pre-eminent living photographer.”
– Nicholas Dawidoff, The New York Times Magazine
Robert Frank, now 91 years old, is among the most influential artists of the last half-century. His seminal volume, The Americans, published in 1958, records the Swiss-born photographer’s candid reactions to peculiarly American versions of poverty and racism. Today it is a classic work that helped define the off-the-cuff, idiosyncratic elegance that are hallmarks of Frank’s artistry. Director Laura Israel (Frank’s longtime film editor) and producer Melinda Shopsin were given unprecedented access to the notably irascible artist. The assembled portrait is not unlike Frank’s own movies – rough around the edges and brimming with surprises and insights – calling to mind Frank’s quintessential underground movie, the 1959 Beat short, PULL MY DAISY (co-directed by Alfred Leslie). DON’T BLINK includes clips from Frank’s rarely seen movies, among them ME AND MY BROTHER. The soundtrack includes Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Yo La Tengo, and Tom Waits.
$9.50 at the door; $8 with Film Buff Card
"Compact, fast-moving… (Frank is) a quintessential New York artist of a certain vintage and temperament, a resident of the eclectic Bohemia that defined an important part of the city’s cultural life. You leave with a vivid sense of the man’s living presence… an impressive achievement. We can be grateful that Mr. Frank still walks among us, his eyes wide open.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Rober Frank beautiful reminiscences about the Beats, Bleecker Stret, and winters in Nova Scotia.”
– Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
“An informal portrait of Mr. Frank, now 90, in which the photographer and documentary filmmaker tells the editor-director Laura Israel his own story. Mr. Frank’s book, The Americans, his groundbreaking survey of everyday American faces photographed in the tradition of Walker Evans, remains his crowning achievement. Mr. Frank personifies a defiant individuality.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“Intimate, impressionistic, and irascibly entertaining. (A) life-spanning collage of creative passions, heartfelt memories, and curmudgeonly wisdom. The reclusive man-of-the-hour himself is our begrudgingly yet riotously no-bullshit guide.”
– Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
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