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It's Real (1990)

C'est vrai (original title)
A rambling buffoon wanders the streets of New York City.



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Credited cast:
Kevin O'Connor
Peter Orlovsky
Odessa Taft


A one-hour trip through New York City's lower-east side, produced on video for French television without editing the narrative. It presents a startling juxtaposition of scripted fiction which appears to be drawn from real life and improvised documentation that overlays the story when Peter Orlovsky arrives to confront the filmmaker. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Robert Frank's One Take One Hour video for French TV
27 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Commissioned by French television, Robert Frank shot one hour of video footage using many of his regulars: Peter Orlovsky (Pull My Daisy, Me and My Brother), Kevin O'Connor (Candy Mountain), Taylor Mead, Bill Rice, Tom Jarmusch and a host of first-timers. The result is a part scripted but mostly improv ramble through the Lower East Side and downtown Manhattan, in one take. 1990s villagers will recognize many landmarks close to Robert Frank's orbit around Bleecker Street and the Bowery such as Angelika Film Center, Great Jones Diner, & CBGB to name a few. An illustrated miniature book of the film's transcribed dialog entitled "One Hour" was published in 1992 by Raymond Foye at Hanuman Books in New York City, & was reprinted in a larger format in 2006 by DAP.

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