Tag: Robert Frank

  • Robert Frank and the Stones Movie You’ll Never See

    A film title: “Cocksucker Blues.” It is 1972; we are with the Rolling Stones, in a big house somewhere in the hills around Los Angeles. Mick is lying on a bed. The camera pans down to his waist, and he begins to massage his crotch, in a slow, circular motion. He opens his pants and […]

  • In No Great Hurry Lets The Life of Photographer Saul Leiter Speak for Itself

    Tomas Leach’s documentary In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter is as pleasant and unaffected as its very modest subject, the photographer and painter considered to be a pioneer — along with Robert Frank and Diane Arbus — of the 1940s-’50s New York School era of photography. Leiter, who died in […]

  • The Crazy Ray + C’est vrai

    Dir. René Clair (1925) and Robert Frank (1990) Clair’s brilliant 1925 fiction short, in which a mad scientist freezes Parisians with a laser beam, is paired with Frank’s 1990 single-take, real-time exploration of his Lower Manhattan neighborhood. Tue., July 3, 2012

  • Candy Mountain

    Dir. Robert Frank (1988). A beautiful, autumnal end-of-the-road road film, written by Rudy Wurlitzer and directed by Robert Frank, Candy Mountain was at once point disowned by Frank for being too slick. Take it from me, the slick is way cool. Thu., May 5, 9:15 p.m., 2011

  • Leon Levinstein’s NYC Photos at the Met; Lee Bontecou Goes Sci-Fi at MOMA; Boris Lurie’s Early Work at Westwood

    Unlike Robert Frank, who kept his distance when capturing his portraits of ordinary Americans, street photographer Leon Levinstein got as close as he could. He mixed with crowds, leaned over sunbathers, crept up behind the pensive. Many of the 44 pictures in this collection are like the furtive glances we make a hundred times a […]

  • Robert Bergman’s New Kind of Rapture

    Walking out of Robert Bergman’s “Selected Portraits” at P.S. 1, you may find yourself staring in rapt amazement at the faces of people around you. After spending an hour with these photographs of strangers on the streets of American cities, it’s shocking to realize how little we look at people we don’t know. And odd […]

  • Contemporary Art Photographers Mess With the Medium

    The question of why certain practices thrive at particular moments feels like the art world equivalent of asking why honeybee populations have collapsed in the last decades or mussels have started growing in the Hudson. Why, for instance, are contemporary photographers—or, if you like, artists working with photography—obsessed with abstraction, materiality, and process? First, the […]

  • Robert Frank’s Real America

    America changed between the summers of 1955 and ’56—and so did its sense of itself. During those 12 months, we got “Hound Dog” and “Howl,” Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Searchers, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery bus boycott. Disneyland opened. HUAC’s interrogations were upstaged by The $64,000 […]

  • An American Journey

    Dir. Philippe Séclier (2009). Made to commemorate the golden anniversary of Robert Frank’s The Americans, this hour-long doc treats the book as a sacred text. French filmmaker Séclier searches for relics, revisiting Frank’s locations and interviewing surviving subjects. Typically, they had no idea that they had been photographed let alone immortalized. Rounding out the bill […]

  • From Robert Frank’s Beat Movies to a Nearly Unknown Staged Afternoon, at Anthology

    Who is Robert Frank? The most influential of mid-century American photographers? Eternal boho and Beat Generation fellow traveler? Venerable titan of the (old) New American Cinema? Although he’s made over 20 personal films since 1959, it’s symptomatic of Frank’s subterranean career that his best known is still the Beat family portrait Pull My Daisy, co-directed […]