Thee Films: 1950's - 1960's

United States, 1963

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Five short films featuring the poetry and prose of the Beat writers; William Burroughs, Brion Gyson and Ian Somerville. Filmed in New York City, Paris and Tangiers, the films do not use narrative but rather incorporate avant-garde and experimental film techniques. Burroughs’ poetry, and his commitment to homo-eroticism and heroin use, feature prominently in the films. “William buys a parrot”, “The cut-ups” and “Bill and Tony” last a few minutes whilst “Towers open fire” and “Ghosts at no. 9 (Paris)” are longer films. The last film is an hour excerpt of a longer five hour epic.

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