Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank

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Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank


Thursday Jun 27 07:30 PM
Saturday Jun 29 01:00 PM
Sunday Jun 30 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Gerald Fox. 2019. USA. 85 min. 

Completed in 2004, Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank was the first feature-length documentary about the legendary Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker. Originally deemed too personal to be shown widely, the film has just been authorized by Frank for theatrical release.

Shot in Cinéma verité style between New York and Nova Scotia, where Frank now lives, the film captures the artist reflecting on a lifetime of image-making that most famously produced The Americans—probably the most influential photographic book of the last sixty years. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island, Frank revisits places where he lived and photographed, unsentimentally yet humorously noting the erosion of New York City. He recalls his collaborations with the Beat generation, including his film Pull my Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac, as well as his infamous Cocksucker Blues with The Rolling Stones. Affectionate conversations with Frank’s second wife, the vibrant artist June Leaf, reveal decades of closeness, creative exchange and support through the intense tragedies of Frank’s life. In rare moments of vulnerability, Frank speaks movingly about these tragedies and his attempts to cope through his deeply personal photography and films. Unembellished and unflinching, this portrait captures the life and art of one of the most significant and uncompromising artists of the 20th century.

"An intimate but unauthorized portrait of a great American photographer and filmmaker. Takes the viewer deep inside [Gerald Fox’s] subject’s personal and creative life. Fascinating. Fox has managed to communicate something important about the real man behind the artist." —Deborah Young, Variety

"A superb document." —Time Out

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