The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg Poster

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

Release Date: February 18th, 1994

Not Yet Rated|1 hr. 22 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary chronicles the life of American beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Born and raised in New Jersey, Ginsberg attends Columbia University alongside fellow beats Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Ginsberg rises to to the forefront of the American counterculture following the success of his iconic poem "Howl" in 1955, after which he becomes heavily involved in spiritualism and activism. A 1997 recut of the film includes Ginsberg's death that April at the age of 70.

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Genres: Documentary

Distributor: New Yorker Films

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

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

  • A meticulously-researched chunk of underground Americana that traces the poet's full life from his rather dysfunctional childhood (beneath the hoary shadow of his mentally ill mother) to his meetings and eventual friendships with Kerouac, Burroughs, Neal Cassady and other Beat luminaries. (Review of Original Release) show more

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