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Rated NR · 91 minutes · 1969


This documentary about poet Peter Orlovsky's schizophrenic brother, Julius, is a film within a film and is generally regarded as photographer/documentarian Frank's masterwork. Brother Julius spent years in a mental hospital and upon release was put into his brother's care. Frank captures the brothers' day-to-day lives, as well as a road trip with Allen Ginsberg. At times the film breaks into another film about actors working on a film about them; cinematic devices -- including black-and-white, color cutting, and unsychronized sound -- lend an element of visual schizophrenia to the work. One of the players is a young Christopher Walken. The emerging document is a testament to the camera's voyeuristic tendencies and a commentary on the mentally ill in society as well as an investigation into the life of the filmmaker himself.~ Denise Sullivan, All Movie Guide

Director: Robert Frank
Writer: Robert Frank, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky
Cast: Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe, Allen Ginsberg, Seth Allen, Virginia Kiser, Nancy Fish, Cynthia McAdams, Roscoe Lee Browne and Christopher Walken

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