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Howl
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James Franco

James Franco

Allen Ginsberg
Todd Rotondi

Todd Rotondi

Jack Kerouac
Jon Prescott

Jon Prescott

Neal Cassady
Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit

Peter Orlovsky
David Strathairn

David Strathairn

Ralph McIntosh
Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm

Jake Ehrlich
Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban

Judge Clayton Horn


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Howl

2 years, 2 months ago at May 21 19:37
Using the titular poem as a Launchpad, Howl is an ode to one of the most groundbreaking works of literature, a poem who took preconceived notions of style, voice and form in poetry and blasted them into the stratosphere. Narrowing in on a life as varied and richly lived as Allen Ginsberg’s was probably one of the smartest ideas the filmmakers had, as was casting James Franco, yet I couldn’t he... read more

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4 years, 2 months ago at May 13 17:02
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Maybe this should have been James Franco's other Oscar nomination. This movie has very edgy writing. I expected the writing to be very good, because it is about a poem. The performances were, well top notch obviously just look at the cast. It actually surprised me how great it actually was. Yes I was expecting it to be great, but it threw me off a little. You have 4 things going on during the movi... read more
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Description: James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem HO ... (more)
Release date: 27 August 2010
Drama (12), Glbt (9), 2010 (8), Courtroom Drama (7), Biopic (6), Censorship (6), Poetry (6), Writers (6), 2010s (6), Beat Generation (5), 1950s (5), Berlinale (4), Usa (4), Biography (3), San Francisco (2), Poets (1), Ginsberg (1), Based On A True Story (1), 2011 (1), Controversial (1)
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Howl

“Using the titular poem as a Launchpad, Howl is an ode to one of the most groundbreaking works of literature, a poem who took preconceived notions of style, voice and form in poetry and blasted them into the stratosphere. Narrowing in on a life as varied and richly lived as Allen Ginsberg’s was probably one of the smartest ideas the filmmakers had, as was casting James Franco, yet I couldn’t help but feel as if parts of Howl were undercooked or too literal.

Howl traces through the early artistic life of Ginsberg in brief patches, covering in quick succession his first meeting with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady and his beginnings in poetic verse. We see in black-and-white footage throughout the film the first public reading of an early version of “Howl” and the obscenity t” read more

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" Aug 15, streaming This has been in my queue for ages, must be over a year, and I don't know why I have waited so long. It's the story of Allen Ginsberg and his poem Howl, and the obscenity trial that challenged it. In the summary page on listal it says "In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career." I like this quote because "confessio"


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"Howl outlines the life and art of Allen Ginsberg, as well as the reactions (both positive and negative) over his most famous poem. Its incorporation of a documentary tone is interesting, but overall, the film feels very bland and incomplete. "


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" The film explores both the Six Gallery reading debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th century American poet Allen Ginsberg's noted poem Howl."


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" If you're interested in Allen Ginsberg I recommend Howl and other Poems and Illuminated Poems."


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"Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation. His best known collection of poetry is 'Howl and Other Poems'."


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RJ4 posted a review 4 years, 2 months ago

One giant unique film

“Maybe this should have been James Franco's other Oscar nomination. This movie has very edgy writing. I expected the writing to be very good, because it is about a poem. The performances were, well top notch obviously just look at the cast. It actually surprised me how great it actually was. Yes I was expecting it to be great, but it threw me off a little. You have 4 things going on during the movie. You have a mockumentery going on with James Franco posing as Allen Ginsberg in a documentary. You have the court room drama which was really well done. You have James Franco belting out the words to the incredible Howl to a bunch of poets. Then you have the almost mesmerizing animations that explain the poem. Its really a hell of a gem for a movie. It will keep you staring at the screen as Jame” read more

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