Me and My Brother (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

Me and My Brother (1969)





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This documentary about poet Peter Orlovsky's schizophrenic brother, Julius, is a film within a film and is generally regarded as photographer/documentarian Frank's masterwork. Brother Julius spent years in a mental hospital and upon release was put into his brother's care. Frank captures the brothers' day-to-day lives, as well as a road trip with Allen Ginsberg. At times the film breaks into another film about actors working on a film about them; cinematic devices -- including black-and-white, color cutting, and unsychronized sound -- lend an element of visual "schizophrenia" to the work. One of the players is a young Christopher Walken. The emerging document is a testament to the camera's voyeuristic tendencies and a commentary on the mentally ill in society as well as an investigation into the life of the filmmaker himself.


Allen Ginsberg
as Allen Ginsberg
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Photographer
John Coe
as Psychiatrist
Nancy Fish
as Herself
Virginia Kiser
as Social Worker
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The weightiest item in his [Director Robert Frank's] oeuvre.

November 5, 2008 | Full Review…

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