Awakening The Eye: Robert Frank's American Cinema by George KouvarosAwakening The Eye: Robert Frank's American Cinema by George Kouvaros

Awakening The Eye: Robert Frank's American Cinema

byGeorge Kouvaros

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Until now, celebrated photographer Robert Frank’s daring and unconventional work as a filmmaker has not been awarded the critical notice it deserves. In this timely volume, George Kouvaros surveys Frank’s films and videos and places them in the larger context of experimentation in American art and literature since World War II.

Born in 1924, Frank emigrated from Switzerland to the United States in 1947 and quickly made his mark as a photojournalist. A 1955 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship allowed him to travel across the country, photographing aspects of American life that had previously received little attention. The resulting book, The Americans, with an Introduction by Jack Kerouac, is generally considered a landmark in the history of postwar photography. During the same period, Frank befriended other artists and writers, among them Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Gregory Corso, all of whom are featured in his first film, Pull My Daisy, which is narrated by Kerouac. This film set the terms for a new era of experimental filmmaking.

By examining Frank’s films and videos, including Pull My Daisy, Me and My Brother, and Cocksucker Blues, in the framework of his more widely recognized photographic achievements, Kouvaros develops a model of cross-media history in which photography, film, and video are complicit in the search for fresh forms of visual expression. Awakening the Eye is an insightful, compelling, and, at times, moving account of Frank’s determination to forge a personal connection between the circumstances of his life and the media in which he works.

George Kouvaros is senior lecturer in the School of Theatre, Film, and Dance at the University of New South Wales, Australia. 
Title:Awakening The Eye: Robert Frank's American CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816695598

ISBN - 13:9780816695591

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Awakening the Eye
1. “Time and How to Note It Down”: Pull My Daisy
2. He’s Not There: Me and My Brother, One Hour
3. “A Better Way to Live”: Conversations in Vermont, Liferaft Earth, About Me: A Musical, Cocksucker Blues
4. “The Fire of Pain”: Life Dances On . . . , Home Improvements, The Present
5. Fragments Shored against My Ruins: Moving Pictures, True Story
Coda. The Circle: Paper Route

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a must read for those interested in Frank or avant-garde cinema."—CHOICE

"This oeuvre endeavors to take its topics on their own terms, seeking to divine what lies at their heart. Awakening the Eye is the latest in George Kouvaros’s ongoing realist criticism, productively enervating Frank’s audio-visions from the inside and thereby remaking them anew for contemporary scholarship."—Screening the Past