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|THE COMPLETE FILM WORKS OF ROBERT FRANK-VOLUME 2 (director: Robert Frank; Steidl; 1963-1969-Germany-in English)|
are at best
only mildly interesting. They offer a look at
the 1960s through the
of a counter-culture filmmaker."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Steidl presents Robert Frank: The Complete Film Works-Vol. 2 the PAL format. The three-disc set includes Conversations in Vermont and Liferaft Earth. Beat generation Swiss-born director Robert Frank ("Candy Mountain"/ "Run"/ "Summer Cannibals"), perhaps the most influential of mid 20th-century American photographers, has turned filmmaker and directs this personal movie, a documentary shot in grainy black and white.
A contrived status-quo melodrama that has Frank and
girlfriend in his luxury Manhattan apartment facing
the East River,
up late on Sunday, watching worthless TV programs and
ex-flame and her new husband. The conversation drags
and the artist
excuses to get rid of his boring guests, while making
the business exec to meet in his corporation office to
deal. Frank then takes his attractive girlfriend to a
they run into another boring couple. The girlfriend
Frank she "loves what's familiar and he seems strange,
but she wants to
be with him." It ends when they return to his pad,
indicating sex is
main part of the relationship.
Frank has made over 20 personal films since 1959
this box-set, but is best known for the Beat family
portrait Pull My
that he co-directed with painter Alfred Leslie and was
narrated by Jack
Kerouac. Liferaft is about 118 hippies in Hayward,
California, going on
a fast in a 'War against Death." Death is said to be
Those fasting lived in an air-filled plastic loop.
during the course of
several days they moved to another location in the
woods outside of San
Francisco. As far as I could tell the fast had no
impact on the world,
but the participants seemed to feel good that they
made it through six
days. The fast was organized by organized by Wavy
Gravy and Stewart
It's about the wealthy born artist engaged in conversation with his troubled oldest teenage son Pablo and his 15-year-old daughter Andrea. The artist's wife, fellow artist Mary Lockspeiser, remains in the background, as he chats with the teens in their rural Vermont retreat. The kids attend a commune school and are glad to be removed from the fast paced hipster NYC scene, as they talk about their counter-culture lifestyle. Lots of dad talk to the kiddies about the past and present, that was too personal and trivial to hold my interest.
All three shorts are at best only mildly interesting. They offer a look at the 1960s through the eyes of a counter-culture filmmaker.
REVIEWED ON 4/2/2009 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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