From: Sandra Maliga (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 12 2007 - 11:41:24 PDT
Just to set the record straight here - I haven't had a chance to read
NAKED LENS but did come across an article I've had for years that I
apparently forgot. It is by Blaine Allan from Film History Volume 2
pp.185-205, 1988. His excellent research on the making of Pull My
Daisy establishes that Frank and Leslie intended to use a Kerouac
voice over from the start and shot the film silent following a script
based on Kerouac's tape recorded reading of Act 3 of his play The
Beat Generation which was based on an incident from his life..
Several reviews of the film emphasized improvisation but Allan points
out that, "For the filmmakers improvisation involved a network of
controls and liberties, preparation and spontaneity, and the
establishment of a design for the film and its production."
So maybe now the speculative myth in my mind has been fully
exorcized. It probably originally took root there in the 60's when
the technical challenges of shooting sync were a great concern.
I still think Pull My Daisy is relevant to Vera's quest since Frank
and Leslie's strategy was to include spontaneity; participants acted
up on the set and Kerouac commented on it in the post-recorded voice
On Mar 25, 2007, at 6:10 PM, Jack Sargeant wrote:
> hey! read my book NAKED LENS there's loads about the soundtrack in
> On 25 Mar 2007, at 16:49, Sandra Maliga wrote:
>> I have not seen documentation for this but I taught Robert Frank
>> and Alfred Leslie's "Pull My Daisy" for many many years and
>> suspected that it was shot with sync sound but something went
>> wrong and the brilliant voice over by Kerouac was a 'save'...
>> On Mar 24, 2007, at 4:55 PM, Vera Brunner-Sung wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> I'm looking for films or videos that would qualify as "plan b"s:
>>> created out of an original project's unintended circumstances or
>>> mistakes. Right now I have "Sherman's March," "Far From Poland,"
>>> and "Lost in La Mancha" on the list, but I'm interested in more
>>> experimental works. Lab mistakes, exposure problems, glitches or
>>> performances gone awry... Any suggestions? It's for a class I'm
>>> Thank you!
>>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.