Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

Laura Israel / 2015 / 82 minutes / Spine #03

One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Don’t Blink is a documentary about Robert Frank, the legendary photographer and filmmaker behind the seminal book The Americans and landmark films like Pull My Daisy (with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg) and C***sucker Blues (with the Rolling Stones). Directed by his longtime editor Laura Israel, the film is an exuberant and fascinating journey into the images and words of an iconoclastic artist, a Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making at the age of 90. The soundtrack features Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, and more.



• Rare Robert Frank “The Concerned Photographer” lecture at NYU, filmed in 1971 by Nathan Farb

• Intimate roll of Super 8 film of Robert Frank shot by Lisa Rinzler in Nova Scotia

• Theatrical Trailer



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  • “Laura Israel’s film is a great film and admirably succeeds in providing context not just for many of Frank’s photographs but for his films, as well. And in its own crazy and capricious way perfectly captures the crazy and capricious nature of Frank’s art. I loved it.”

    — Errol Morris, Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker
  • "A portrait of a quintessential New York artist… Compact, fast-moving… You leave with a vivid sense of the man’s living presence… An impressive achievement.” Critic’s Pick!

    — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • "An illuminating biopic of the game-changing photographer/filmmaker."

    — Amy Taubin, Artforum
  • "Intimate, impressionistic, and irascibly entertaining."

    — Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice
  • "The world’s pre-eminent living photographer."

    — Nicholas Dawidoff, The New York Times Magazine
  • "Funny, warm and multi-faceted. In focusing on one man, Don't Blink also chronicles a half-century of New York creativity and irreverence."

    — Godfrey Cheshire,
  • "One of the most original art documentaries in years."

    — Matthew Eng, Tribeca Film
  • "A provocative portrait of its equally provocative subject."

    — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
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