Don't Blink - Robert Frank ticketholders receive a $2 on-site discount for a ticket to Robert Frank's Rolling Stones concert film Cocksucker Blues, screening at the Museum on November 19! Show your Don't Blink ticket at any admissions desk to receive the discount.

Iconoclastic photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank (born November 9, 1924) was invited by Laura Israel, his longtime editor and collaborator, to reflect on his life and art. The result—culled from years of conversations while working and watching his films together—is essential viewing for anyone interested in contemporary photography.

The premiere at the New York Film Festival was described as “a lively rummage sale of images, sounds and recollected passages, unfathomable losses, and friendships that leave audiences a fast and fleeting imprint of the life of the Swiss-born man who reinvented himself the American way, and is still standing on ground of his own making.” Don't Blink is on the list being considered for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards!

On Saturday, November 5, Don't Blink will be preceded by two music videos directed by Robert Frank: Patti Smith’s Summer Cannibals (1996, 4 min.) and New Order’s Run (1990, 4 min.)  

On Sunday, November 6, Don’t Blink will be followed by O.K.End Here (1963, 30 minutes, 35mm). Robert Frank’s third film follows a Sunday in the life of two New Yorkers, a husband and wife. Their alienation suggests the stylistic influences of Antonioni and Resnais. After premiering at the New York Film Festival, this film won the Grand Prize at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy.

Read an essay about Don't Blink from the New Yorker.

• “An impressive achievement.” —New York Times critic’s pick by A. O. Scott

• “Rather than being a film about an artist, it’s an attempt to show us what it’s like to actually be an artist." —Los Angeles Times

• “Overwhelming in the best possible way.“ —

• “Enthusiastic, excited, and earthy celebration of artistic creation and the life that makes it inevitable.” —

• “Beautiful reminiscences about the Beats, Bleecker Street, and winters in Nova Scotia.“ —Village Voice

• “One of the best films of 2016.” —

Read curator Marian Luntz's blog post on the Museum's upcoming Robert Frank screenings.

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Laura Israel
Running Time
82 minutes
DCP, Color