Me And My Brother

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This strange and ugly film about a catatonic schizophrenic starts out with Orlovsky, playing himself, being released from the hospital. Because of his real-life condition, however, Orlovsky was eventually replaced by Chaikin in the role. The film incorporates into it the subject's brother and a few of the Beat Generation poets (Ginsberg and Corso being...read more

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This strange and ugly film about a catatonic schizophrenic starts out with Orlovsky, playing himself, being released from the hospital. Because of his real-life condition, however, Orlovsky was eventually replaced by Chaikin in the role. The film incorporates into it the subject's brother

and a few of the Beat Generation poets (Ginsberg and Corso being the most notable), as it meanders about looking at the subject's life. He is recruited for a film about homosexuals, gets lost in San Francisco, and is finally reinstitutionalized. After being subjected to Thorazine and electroshock,

he is finally released once more to the care of his brother (Peter Orlovsky). Using a variety of film techniques--split screen, double exposure, freeze frame, and just about anything else imaginable--the film appears to manipulate fantasy and reality as easily as it does the life of its subject.

It took about three and one-half years to make and is replete with cruelty and disrespect to Julius Orlovsky. Banned from public screening at the Venice Film Festival, this classic example of garbage wrapped in the protective cloak of "art" found some surprisingly talented people willing to

associate themselves with it. Even more surprising than the names of actors Browne and Walken, well before they were appearing in high-quality projects, is that of Shepard in the writing credits. Although his work certainly shows an unusual and bizarre imagination, it never has matched the cruelty

of ME AND MY BROTHER.

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