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LES Heritage Film Series, Season 2, Pt.4
Showing films on the first Tuesday of every month. This FREE series will offer documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan on both 16mm and DVD formats.
4th part in the series:
Pull My Daisy (1959, 29 min., 16mm)
"Friday morning in the universe..." is the opening line of Jack Kerouac's improvisational narration of a day in the life of the Beat poets. In a Bowery loft, a railyard worker plays host to the Beat poets, a visiting Bishop, his sister and mother. Awarded the first prize for Best Experimental Film for 1959 at the San Francisco Festival, the film is a "portrait of the inner condition of an entire generation." Featuring Allan Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Larry Rivers, Delphine Seyrig, Peter Orlovsky, Pablo Frank, Mooney Peebles, Alice Neal, Sally Gross.
Yudie (1974, 20 min., 16mm)
A portrait of the filmmaker Mirra Bank's resilient 70-year-old Jewish aunt whose parents immigrated from Russia to New York's Lower East Side. Yudie describes the family business, early labor organizing and life as an independent Jewish girl who broke some of the expected codes.
Pull My Daisy and Yudie courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.