The actor-director, poet, painter, (co-founder of “The Living Theater“), Julian Beck died on this day, September 14, 26 years ago [ 2020 – now 35 years ago]. Allen took this memorable shot a year earlier, when he made a visit to his “57th Street New York hospital room”. Beck’s “stomach-abdomen lining cancer allowed remission for the next year [1984-5] while he made films & video & theater & books from Zurich to Miami”, Allen recalls. “Death is the ultimate corruption”, he (Beck) apparently announced, on that momentous day of his visit.
For documentary record of a (the) more animated Beck, we are grateful to CB Highberger’s footage of a 1975 production of “Turning The Earth – A Legacy of Cain” (an open-air performance held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
And here’s Julian and Judith Malina in an excerpt from Sheldon Rochlin and Maxine Harris’ “Signals Through The Flames” (1983), speaking on two classic early productions, Jack Gelber’s “The Connection” and Kenneth H Brown’s “The Brig”.