WNET – Frank O’Hara & Ed Sanders –  Frank O’Hara

Vintage WNET USA-Poetry continues. This weekend – Frank O’Hara and Ed Sanders (starting with Frank O’Hara) . This priceless footage (O’Hara died a few weeks after the shooting of the film) includes footage of him reading his ebullient, witty poem for Allen – “Fantasy (dedicated to the health of Allen Ginsberg)”.

The film begins, however, with a reading of “Mozart Chemisier” – (“Mozart Chemisier” is a poem I wrote after visiting David Smith, the great American sculptor, in his house in Bolton Landing and it’s really called.. (Chemisier”)  and the Mozart comes in because he was his favorite … Read More

Allen Ginsberg’s Top Ten Films – part 2

 

Continuing from yesterday’s listing of “Allen Ginsberg’s Top Ten films”. We begin today with the very earliest that he cites, Sergei Eisenstein‘s 1925  Броненосец«Потемкин» Bronenosets Potyomkin (Battleship Potemkin

The Franco-centric nature of Allen’s choices we’ve remarked upon already –  two Jean Cocteaus and two Marcel Carnés. This is the second one of Carné’s, his classic  1938 film noir, Le Quai Des Brumes (Port of Shadows)

 
et aussi français – Jean Renoir‘s 1937 La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion)
 
To conclude with two more closer-to-home. The first, Robert Frank and Alfred
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