The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1994)
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Visionary, radical, spiritual seeker, renowned poet, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human rights, Buddhist, political activist and teacher-Allen Ginsberg's remarkable life shaped the very soul of American counterculture. For 25 years, Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jerry Aronson accumulated more than 120 hours of film on Allen Ginsberg, resulting in this comprehensive portrait of one of America's greatest poets, author of Howl and other groundbreaking poems. The DVD includes exclusive and revealing interviews with his friends, family and contemporaries as well as never-before-seen materials made public because of the warm friendship that developed between subject and director. This compilation reveals the last 60 years of American culture beginning with the Beat era in the post-war Forties and Fifties, continuing through the revolutionary Sixties and concluding with the uncertainty and possibility of current times. (c) Cinedigm … More
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Critic Reviews for The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
While it doesn't expose new sides of this familiar intellectual icon, it provides us generous views of the man in action.
Commentators who couldn't take flower power or Buddhist chants or even poetry seriously were doomed to underestimate (Ginsberg's) resolve time and again.
For this double-disc DVD release, director Aronson has assembled a wealth of extra footage, much of it more interesting and revealing than the movie itself.
Comprehensive bio-pic of the Beat Generation poet best remembered for 'Howl' the epic poem which opens with the immortal line, 'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.' Cool, Daddy-O!
Not the last word on the noted Jewish poet: Considering Ginsberg's flamboyant and complex personality and the intriguing writers-artists in his life, Jerry Aronson's documentary is disappointingly conventional.
Exactly what its sardonic, trail-blazing, brilliant subject was not: square.
A lot of the information is redundant and the pacing is quite leisurely, to put it mildly.
By illuminating the transitory but resonant nature of his life and work, The Life and Time of Allen Ginsberg presents a thoughtful, overdue appreciation.
His readings of his own work are especially thoughtful, moving, and provocative in the best possible ways.
A must-see movie for anyone with an interest in modern poetry generally or in Ginsberg specifically.
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