Ferlinghetti A Rebirth of Wonder (2013)
In this definitive documentary, director Christopher Felver crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait that reveals Ferlinghetti's true role as catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. One-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti, made over the course of a decade, touch upon a rich mélange of characters and events that began to unfold in postwar America. These events include the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, as well as the divisive events of the Vietnam war, the sexual revolution, and this country's perilous march towards intellectual and political bankruptcy. (c) First Run Features … More
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Critic Reviews for Ferlinghetti A Rebirth of Wonder
A loving tribute to a man who taught my generation to worship art rather than mammon.
Christopher Felver is too reverent to properly convey the invigoratingly profane, angry messiness of the sense of community that Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his peers too briefly brought to life.
His contribution to the culture of American letters is undeniable, and City Lights -- the store and the imprint -- could well be the closest thing to a literary shrine that we possess.
With Americans' civil liberties under constant threat, it's comforting to know that Ferlinghetti is still with us.
This biography is often effusive in its praise, but some lives and legacies were meant for a tribute.
Sadly, the film gets mired in traditionalism, something the man himself always railed against.
Loving documentary about one of the greatest, and still wonderfully extant, poetic and political forces of our time.
This affectionate documentary doesn't do full justice to its important subject.
A tribute to poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti as a creator and nurturer of wonder.
Explores what exactly people have been hungry for that the poet has touched in them for over half a century, and fed their souls. And whether or not this filmmaker's quest has perhaps unleashed his inner stalker. At least according to Ferlinghetti.
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