Beat Cinema

In conjunction with the exhibition Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg

Beat Cinema

At Film Forum, in series New Yawk New Wave
209 West Houston Street
Ticket information:,, 212/727-8110

Pull My Daisy (Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie, 1959) screening with Shadows (John Cassavetes, 1959)
Saturday, January 12, 7:00 and 9:10 pm

The quintessential Beat movie, written and narrated by Jack Kerouac, starring Allen Ginsberg, Larry Rivers, Gregory Corso, Delphine Seyrig, and others.

Me and My Brother (Robert Frank, 1965–68)
Monday, January 14, 9:00 pm

Frank’s first feature film mixes fiction and documentary to portray the intertwining lives of poet Peter Orlovsky, his near-catatonic brother Julius, and lover Allen Ginsberg. Co-written by Sam Shepard.

At Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
Ticket information:, 212/505-5181

Saturday, March 9, 7:15 pm and Sunday, March 10, 8:00 pm

This Song for Jack (Robert Frank, 1983)

With Allen Ginsberg, David Amram, Gary Snyder, William Burroughs, Carolyn Cassady, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Based on footage shot at “On the Road: The Jack Kerouac Conference,” held at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, 1982.


Wholly Communion (Peter Whitehead, 1965)

Captures the historic event at the Royal Albert Hall where an audience of 7,000 witnessed the first meeting of American and English Beat poets. Among performers featured are Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alexander Trocchi, Gregory Corso, and Adrian Mitchell.

Saturday, March 9, 9:00 pm and Sunday, March 10, 6:30 pm

Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (Christopher Felver, 2009)

This definitive documentary explores the world of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s legendary poet, artist, publisher, and civil libertarian. Felver’s one-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti, made over the course of a decade, touch upon a rich mélange of characters and events that began to unfold in postwar America, including the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, as well as the Vietnam war and the sexual revolution.

Starts 1/12/13 7:00 pm
Ends 3/9/13 9:00 pm
Location Film Forum, in series New Yawk New Wave 209 West Houston Street
Cost Ticket information:, 212/727-8110


Program Types: Film Screening