Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

An Australian Research Council Discovery Grant helped fund the research and writing of this book. The bulk of the research occurred at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where I was able to view the films and videos that comprise...

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Introduction: Awakening the Eye

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pp. 1-30

The 1989 edition of Robert Frank’s autobiographical photobook The Lines of My Hand begins with a collage composed of two strips of film placed side by side (see Plate 1). At the center of each of the film frames is a large eye superimposed...

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1. “Time and How to Note It Down”: Pull My Daisy

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pp. 31-60

By his own admission, the move from photography to film did not come easy to Robert Frank. Ten years after the release of his first film, Pull My Daisy, he looked back on his transformation from photographer to filmmaker in a column...

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2. He’s Not There: Me and My Brother, One Hour

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pp. 61-90

Robert Frank began work on Me and My Brother with the intention of producing an adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s long prose poem Kaddish. Despite the fact that Ginsberg had written a script, the project stalled when it failed to attract...

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3. “A Better Way to Live”: Conversations in Vermont, Liferaft Earth, About Me: A Musical, Cocksucker Blues

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pp. 91-120

Although they are rarely discussed in histories of documentary filmmaking, Frank’s films and videos constitute one of the most significant manifestations of the intersection between new documentary approaches and forms...

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4. “The Fire of Pain”: Life Dances On . . . , Home Improvements, The Present

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pp. 121-152

In Home Improvements Frank films his friend Gunther Moses drilling a hole in a stack of black-and-white photographic prints. Over the noise of the drill, the filmmaker announces: “What I would like to . . . is to drive a spike through, you know...

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5. Fragments Shored against My Ruins: Moving Pictures, True Story

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pp. 153-184

“Woke up. Had some tea. Mosquitos everywhere. Last night, the dream took me way back. Everyone was still alive. The way I remembered them thirty years ago. But now with this holy Arab music playing, I’m at the beginning of something...

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Coda: The Circle: Paper Route

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pp. 185-198

Paper Route is a twenty-three-minute video portrait of Bobby MacMillan as he delivers the morning paper to the residents in and around Frank’s hometown of Mabou. From the first delivery in front of a group of stores to the last...

Notes

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pp. 199-214

Index

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pp. 215-226

Image plates

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