Written by Sam Shepard and director-cinematographer Robert Frank, this 1968 antidocumentary emphasizes the relationship between Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Peter?s brother Julius, whose diagnosis of schizophrenia is revealed when Peter contemptuously reads a document written by a doctor who once examined Julius. Scrutinized by the camera or questioned by the filmmaker, Julius has a nearly enviable absence of self-consciousness, something Joseph Chaikin—who plays an actor auditioning for the role of Julius in a movie-within-the-movie—doesn?t even try to approximate. Some viewers may feel that the real Julius was exploited, others that the experience must have been liberating—but this isn?t a simplistic essay about mental illness. By treating what?s in front of the camera as a mixture of contrivance and reality—without belaboring or ignoring the fact that this is the nature of filmmaking—this movie addresses a range of ideas about mediating experience, and it does so with a light touch that somehow never trivializes the social issues broached along the way. (This version was reedited in 1997.) On the same program, Frank?s 1996 short The Present.