ICE-Vision Double Feature: A Night of Beat Cinema

Flower Thief

ICE-Vision Double Feature: A Night of Beat Cinema
Wednesday, March 6 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150

ICE-Vision continues with Film Studies major Daniel LoPilato’s weekly selections of eclectic, idiosyncratic, psychotronic, or otherwise eccentric excursions into world cinema.

Pull My Daisy (Alfred Leslie and Robert Frank, 1959)
The Flower Thief (Ron Rice, 1960) Rarely screened

Starring Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso and written and narrated by Jack Kerouac, Pull My Daisy is the influential underground film by the still photographers Leslie and Frank. This impulsively watchable film has a loose and musical structure; if anything, it chronicles the lifestyle of the Beats and their playfully inane aesthetic in New York City.

The Flower Thief is, according to P. Adams Sitney, “the purest expression of Beat cinema.” This avant-garde feature stars the first true Beat star, poet and actor Taylor Mead, as an affable wanderer in Ron Rice’s only complete film. Rarely-screened, it chronicles the last days of the San Francisco Renaissance and remains a classic of underground cinema.