Me and My Brother (film)

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Me and My Brother
Directed byRobert Frank
Produced byHelen Silverstein
Written byRobert Frank
Allen Ginsberg
Peter Orlovsky
Sam Shepard
StarringJulius Orlovsky
Peter Orlovsky
CinematographyRobert Frank
Edited byBob Easton
Helen Silverstein
Release date
February 2, 1969 (1969-02-02)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Me and My Brother is a 1969 independent film directed by Robert Frank.[1] The film stars Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe, Seth Allen and Christopher Walken in his feature film debut. It is Sam Shepard's film debut. The film tells a story of Peter and Julius Orlovsky. Christopher Walken speaking with the dubbed voice of Robert Frank.


The "Me" and "My Brother" of the title are interchangeably Peter Orlovsky (a poet and protégé of Allen Ginsberg), and his schizophrenic brother Julius. Peter arranges for Julius' release from Bellevue Hospital 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 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.[2]

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  1. ^ Weiler, A.H. (1969-02-03). "Movie Review Screen: 'Me and My Brother' Opens: Film by Robert Frank". NY Times News. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  2. ^ "Robert Frank Retrospective: Me and My Brother". SFMOMA. Retrieved 2018-01-04.

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