The Life And Times Of Allen Ginsberg

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Released 1994

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Director:
Jerry Aronson
Released:
1994
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The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg is a 1993 documentary film that chronicles the life of one of America's most influential poets and political activists. The film opens with Ginsberg as a child in New Jersey. It then follows him through adulthood to Colombia University where he works with fellow authors such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Together, these men establish a unique movement called The Beat Generation which emphasizes the use of experimental drugs, creative expression, and the rejection of materialism and authority. The film includes in-depth interviews with many of Ginsberg's close friends including Bono, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Michael McClure, Norman Mailer, Amiri Baraka, Ken Kesey, William S. Burroughs, Anne Waldman, and last but not least Timothy Leary. The film even includes clips of Ginsberg reading his most famous poems - "Howl" and "Kaddish". The Life and Times offers a clear depiction of Ginsberg and is a documentary you don't want to miss.moreless

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  • 100

    Christian Science Monitor David Sterritt

    His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways.

  • 50

    TV Guide Magazine

    A refreshingly straightforward, conventional approach to the documentary form. (Review of Original Release)

  • 40

    Washington Post Hal Hinson

    Is it scintillating, nutty, madly inspired or ecstatically preposterous? Ginsberg himself is all these things, but this movie is not. (Review of Original Release)

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Art & Artists, History, Profile, Politics