Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Trailer - 'Henry Miller: Asleep And Awake'

A new trailer for Henry Miller: Asleep And Awake, Tom Schiller's 35 minute Henry Miller documentary (1975), has been posted on-line. I've attempted to embed the video below, but I've never posted video before--maybe it won't work. If not, go watch it on Flixya.

The trailer may also be viewed on the Indiepix website. Indiepix is now selling this as a DVD or even as a download to your computer. The website describes the film this way:

Filmed when the author was 81, "Henry Miller Asleep & Awake" is a voyage of ideas about life, writing, sex, spirituality, nightmares, and New York that captures the warmth, vigor and high animal spirits of a singular American artist. The man is Henry Miller and the room is his bathroom. It's a miraculous shrine covered with photos and drawings collected by the author over the course of his long and fruitful life. Graciously, in his raspy, sonorous voice, he points out the highlights of his improvised gallery, speaking of philosophers, writers, painters,mad kings, women, and friends.

There are a few stills of Henry from the production on the Indiepix website as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, RC. I hadn't seen that one before. Henry's bathroom definitely wasn't some boring HGTV job. May we all decorate our own well as he.


2:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta see this now.

9:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi RC!
For the « Happy Few » collectors of Millerania, Henry’s bathroom can be seen in « My Life and Times » (Gemini Smith /Playboy Press, Chicago, 1971) on pages 40-41. This is the caption on page 40 : « Most bathrooms are the dullest room in the house. Not so at the Miller manse. This is a section of the montage covering the walls. I often find my visitors spending more than the allotted time in the bathroom. There is everything on the walls – from fakirs and sages to houris and whores. I too enjoy sitting here and contemplating my handiwork. »
Your post also reminded me that in «The Books in My Life », New Directions, New York, 1969, Henry wrote a whole chapter (XIII) entitled « Reading in the Toilet », pages 264-286. Fascinating! And your blog fascinates me all the time too, RC! Wondeful job!
Thank you so much!

12:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some kind soul has put Henry's entire toilet talk up on Youtube. Enjoy!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Keep up the great work, RC!

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