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Allen Ginsberg

Highest Rated:   100% Radio Unnameable (2012)
Lowest Rated:   29% Condo Painting (2000)
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Widely proclaimed as the preeminent "underground" American poet of the postwar years, Allen Ginsberg (together with his colleagues Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, et al.) not only defined and epitomized Beat literature but vocalized the long inchoate yearnings of 1950s and '60s counterculture youth. An unrepentant rebel and an unabashed celebrator of stream-of-consciousness literature, mind-altering substances, homosexuality, and Marxism, Ginsberg carried an irrepressible spirit and a seemingly boundless humanism, only equaled by his contempt for war and the CIA. When Ginsberg died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 1997, fellow authors flocked to eulogize the author, paying unbridled homage to his contributions to the American literary canon. Though it is often forgotten in light of his enduring poetics, Ginsberg actually enjoyed a fascinating onscreen film career during the 1960s, typically as an actor in the low-budget films of New York's avant-garde. His cinematic appearances began with a turn as himself in Robert Frank's 28-minute "Beat" film Pull My Daisy (1959, a picture that also featured Kerouac, Gregory Corso, and Ginsberg's lover of 30-plus years, Peter Orlovsky). After cameos in Andy Warhol's "do anything" experiment Couch (1964), and in Peter Whitehead's "Beat performance film" Wholly Communion (1965, a motion picture that documented the first joint public performance of American and English alternative poets), Ginsberg played, alongside William S. Burroughs, Ravi Shankar, and others, one of the hallucinogenic figures in Conrad Rooks' psychedelic mind-trip Chappaqua (1966). Ginsberg then re-teamed with director Frank, appearing as himself in the documentary Me and My Brother (1968), a cinematic exploration of Julius Orlovsky's bout with schizophrenia. After a cameo as himself in Robin Spry's May 1968 docudrama Prologue (1969), Ginsberg and Norman Mailer appeared together, protesting the Vietnam War, in American indie legend Jonas Mekas' "compilation" film Diaries, Notes and Sketches (1970). In 1978, Ginsberg read "Kaddish" in Bob Dylan's ill-advised, three-and-a-half-hour performance film Renaldo and Clara. This more or less marked the extent of Ginsberg's avant-garde cinematic work, but he continued his filmed appearances during the '80s and '90s, this time in a far more conservative vein; most of the efforts were nostalgic documentaries about the 1950s and '60s counterculture that featured Ginsberg as an interviewee. These included Burroughs (1983), Kerouac (1984), Berkeley in the Sixties (1990), On the Road with Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats (1994), Jonas in the Desert (1994), and (in a posthumous appearance) Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles (1999).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Radio Unnameable
  • Actor
$24.5k 2012
No Score Yet Norman Mailer: The American
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Happy Birthday To John
  • Actor
2012
53% Crazy Wisdom
  • Actor
$86.7k 2011
70% Magic Trip
  • Actor
$0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Silence = Death
  • Actor
2011
88% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
  • Actor
$46.9k 2010
No Score Yet Ferlinghetti: A City Light
  • Actor
$5.3k 2008
No Score Yet Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Twenty to Life: The Life and Times of John Sinclair
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Allen Ginsberg: An Elegy
  • Actor
2006
29% Condo Painting
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet On the Road with Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Scenes From Allen's Last Three Days On Earth As A Spirit
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider
  • Actor
1994
79% The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg
  • Actor
1994
100% Road Scholar
  • Actor
1992
100% Berkeley in the Sixties
  • Actor
1990
86% Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Heavy Petting
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Gang of Souls
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Growing up in America
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Beat Generation: An American Dream
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet What Happened to Kerouac?
  • Actor
1986
80% Before Stonewall
  • Actor
1985
88% Burroughs: The Movie
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Kerouac, the Movie
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Poetry in Motion
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds
  • Actor
1982
40% Renaldo and Clara
  • Actor
1978
60% Ciao! Manhattan
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Me and My Brother
  • Allen Ginsberg
1969
No Score Yet Walden - Diaries Notes and Sketches
  • Actor
1969
100% Dont Look Back
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Chappaqua
  • Messiah
1966
No Score Yet Wholly Communion
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet Pull My Daisy
  • Allen
1959
No Score Yet Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally
  • Actor

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