Pull My Daisy (1959)





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This half-hour, black-and-white short film features narration written and performed by author Jack Kerouac. The film presents an affectionate portrait of beat culture at its height through the jazzy retelling of a long, rambling evening filled with literary improvisation, philosophical discussions, and playfully foolish behavior.
Art House & International , Comedy , Cult Movies
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Jack Kerouac
as Narrator
Gregory Corso
as Gregory
David Amram
as Mezz McGillicuddy
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Critic Reviews for Pull My Daisy

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

There's no story to speak of, and, in fact, there's no dialogue: the hilarity emerges from the way Kerouac's non-stop voice-over narration gives breezy comic ripples to seemingly spontaneous shenanigans.

Full Review… | July 31, 2016
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Pull My Daisy

This is a short film that gives just a brief idea of what the beat generation was all about. It has these young hip guys hanging about, writing poetry, being existential, going against the norm, and being generally artsy. It also features several prominent beat poets including Alan Ginsberg, and it has a narration written and voiced by Jack Kerouac. It is an interesting piece that represents this segment of America during the 50s.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Bohemian Beatnik Seinfeld. The stove in the cockroach "scene" reminds me of Thu Tran's Food Party.

Manisha Devi
Manisha Devi

This grungy short really isn't so wonderful, beyond the intrigue of seeing the young Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso kicking back in an informal setting. The bulk of the film (it's about 27 minutes) involves the unlikely visit of a bishop to a squalid apartment, and the poets jabbing at him with playful, subversive questions. There's a lot of banter about what is "holy." Jack Kerouac narrates, often dubbing the words of the onscreen cast. Note: The host's wife is credited as "Beltiane," but this is actually an early appearance of international star Delphine Seyrig.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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