Me and My Brother (film)

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Me and My Brother
Directed by Robert Frank
Produced by Helen Silverstein
Written by Robert Frank
Allen Ginsberg
Peter Orlovsky
Sam Shepard
Starring Julius Orlovsky
Peter Orlovsky
Cinematography Robert Frank
Edited by Bob Easton
Helen Silverstein
Release date(s) February 2, 1969 (1969-02-02)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Me and My Brother is a 1969 independent film directed by Robert Frank. The film stars Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe, Seth Allen and Christopher Walken. It is Sam Shepard's film debut. The film tells a story of Julius and Peter Orlovsky. Christopher Walken speaking with the dubbed voice of Robert Frank.

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The "Me" and "My Brother" of the title are interchangeably Peter Orlovsky (poet and protégé of Allen Ginsberg), and his schizophrenic brother Julius. Peter arranges for Julius' release from Bellevue and proceeds to drag him all over the Beat landscape with a film crew in tow. Robert Frank does yeoman work following the manic Peter and catatonic Julius from one situation to another until Julius wanders off camera and out of the picture. At this point the actor Joseph Chaikin takes Julius' place and fills in for a time. The overall effect is fascinating, and the film has a great deal to say about what we consider normal and acceptable behavior vs. what we consider "mad" behavior.

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