Film Screening

Multiple Dates
Robert Frank Retrospective: Me and My Brother

Part of Robert Frank Retrospective

Robert Frank Retrospective: Me and My Brother

Date + Time

Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 1:00 p.m.


Phyllis Wattis Theater


1965–68 (re-edited 1997), 91 min., 35mm

Frank's first feature-length film places documentary footage of poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Peter's brother Julius within a fictional framework. Constantly delineating real and imaginary situations and moving back and forth between color and black-and-white, the film describes the inner and outer worlds of Julius, a catatonic who silently observes the world around him. The film was reedited in 1997 to mark the passing of Allen Ginsburg and also features the late Joseph Chaikin, founder of the revolutionary Off Broadway company Open Theater.

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Image: Robert Frank, Me and My Brother (still), 1965-68; photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Robert Frank

SFMOMA would like to thank the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, home of the Robert Frank Film and Video Archive, for its support in providing prints and other assistance for this program.