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Pull My Daisy (1959)

 |  Short  |  11 November 1959 (USA)
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Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop,... See full summary »

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Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop, they naturally would like their friends to be on their best behavior. But poets will be poets. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1996. See more »

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The Crazy Daisy
Lyrics by Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac
Performed by Anita Ellis
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The only true beat film, and therefor a must-see for all fans of the Beats
17 April 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

This is the only true beat film, as it was made by members of the movement. The film-making resources are crude and low-budget, yet are made the most of by the filmmakers. This is a very innovative piece of cinema, and is one of the first true underground films ever made. This and Cassavetes' "Shadows" paved the way for the subsequent art film movement of the 60s, which included Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, and the Kuchar Brothers. This film isn't shocking like the ones of those filmmakers, yet the style is very much similar. This is very un-Hollywood and completely independent. The film is short and without any on screen dialog, only the joyous narration of Kerouac.

The plot of the film is about a couple who decide to throw a party one day. They invite various members of the Beat movement over, who sit around smoking, drinking, and philosophically meditating on various aspects of life. Kerouac details what occurs on screen. This may be due to the lack of funds for sound on film, but it works extremely well. Kerouac has charisma and joy in his delivery. If you enjoy hearing him read his work, you'll certainly enjoy the film.

Even past the entertainment value of the film, this is incredibly significant historically and culturally. Quite frankly, not much footage exists of the Beats and as far as I know, they didn't use the film medium often. Here you get footage of Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky. The Library of Congress elected this to the National Film Registry because of this. Any fan of the Beat Generation must seek this out. If you are unfamiliar with their works, it's appeal may be lost on you. You need to have knowledge of these artists and their achievements to fully appreciate and understand this film. Despite it's rarity, seeking it out is certainly recommended. (8/10)


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