Gerald Fox’s 2005 documentary Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank, features the legendary American photographer and filmmaker looking back on his life and photographic travels. It was commissioned by the BBC as part of the South Bank Show Series presented by Melvyn Bragg.
Frank is the photographer who created The Americans, a look at the dispossessed soul of the nation in the mid-fifties, still considered to be the most influential single book of photography of the last fifty years. He is the director of Pull my Daisy (1959), the jazzy, avant-garde film narrated by Jack Kerouac that epitomised the Beatnik spirit of the era and defined the new American independent cinema movement emerging at the time. He also made the now legendary Cocksucker Blues, a controversial, cult movie about the Rolling Stones’ infamous tour of America in 1972 that was never granted a release by the Stones due to its explicit images of shooting up backstage and naked frolicking with groupies on an airplane. Not to mention his twenty-five other films and a lifetime of photographic inspiration that is unrivalled by any other living photographer.
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