Events & Reviews at This Ain’t The Rosedale Library

Pull My Daisy / Tip My Cup / All My Doors Are Open

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on January 3, 2010


A screening and talk by Charlie Huisken on:
Jack Kerouac, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, Alice Neel, Delphine Seyrig
co-presented by This Ain’t The Rosedale Library

at Cineforum, 463 Bathurst (near Sneaky Dee’s)

Admission is $10

“Pull My Daisy” was created as a collabouration by various members of the Beat Generation. It was directed by Alfred Leslie and Robert Frank and featured a number of poets – Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky – as actors. But who played the other parts? As well as creating a snapshot of the writers of that generation, the movie captures a moment in musical and visual art history as well – a moment often overlooked by the “slide show” approach to art history or “greatest hits” approach to music history. And that’s one of the things that makes The Beat Generation interesting – more than the drugs and other sensational elements so often romanticized. The Beats’ relation to art and music gave their work a spark lacking in the academic writing of their contemporaries. The title of the movie comes from a collabourative “exquisite corpse” poem. That poem will be read aloud, and then we’ll try our hand at creating something similar on the spot. But no pressure.

A documentary about Alice Neel will be referred to for sure and screened in its entirety if time allows. Presented also with the help of Eileen Myles through an essay that she wrote on Delphine Seyrig published in The Importance of Being Iceland and after a discussion with her about the movie “Pull My Daisy.”

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