Alfred Leslie (b.1929) and Robert Frank (b.1924)
Pull My Daisy, 28 min., 16mm
Made with writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Pull My Daisy is a 1959 short film, a classic look at the soul of the beat generation. It starred Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, Peter Orlovsky, David Amram, Richard Bellamy, Alice Neel, Sally Gross and Pablo, Frank's then-infant son. Pull My Daisy is recognized as one of the most important works of avant-garde cinema.
Robert Frank Interview via NPR
Robert Frank discusses his book, "The Americans," with Philip Gefter
Snapshots From the American Road
John Cohen Photographs from the 1959 production of Pull My Daisy and images of the downtown artists’ community of that era
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ROBERT FRANK RETROSPECTIVE
Robert Frank online ( a ritch database with very good sorted links to resources about Robert Frank)
(presents over 100 photographs from Robert Frank in very good online quality)
Robert Frank - Cocksucker Blues (1972)
Cocksucker Blues is an unreleased documentary film directed by Robert Frank chronicling The Rolling Stones’ North American tour in 1972 in support of their album Exile on Main Street.
The film was shot cinéma vérité, with several cameras with plenty of film left lying around for anyone in the entourage to pick up and start shooting. This allowed the film’s audience to witness backstage parties, drug use, roadie antics, fey artists and the Stones with their defenses down.
The resulting movie was at once so dreamy and harsh — crowded with scenes of the Stones nodding out, roadies balling groupies, and assorted tour hangers-on shooting up — that the band refused to permit its release. Eventually Frank secured right to screen it once a year, but it has only appeared on video in bootleg form.