Pull My Daisy Reviews
Thankful that this time capsule is available for viewing online (Open Culture) together with a clip of the poets visiting an East Side bar, filmed at the same time (1959).
The stove in the cockroach "scene" reminds me of Thu Tran's Food Party.
Note: The host's wife is credited as "Beltiane," but this is actually an early appearance of international star Delphine Seyrig.
I enjoyed Pull My Daisy for the same reason I enjoyed Un Chien Andalou. I'm sure the filmmaker intended it to be a message film of some kind, but what it really came across as, to me, is a kind of cross-section into the mind of a subset culture that has all but faded away. Looking into the mind of the beat generation is as interesting and involving as it is to look into the height of the surrealist movement. The film holds no pretension, forces no message on you, making the entire short a rather interesting experience. Kerouac's constant narration breaks the whole thing up rather nicely, making it a surprisingly entertaining short.
The fact that it's 28 minutes long is probably another reason I could stomach it so well, same as Un Chien Andalou. Short bursts of unfiltered crazy are really fantastic.