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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

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Critic Reviews for The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

While it doesn't expose new sides of this familiar intellectual icon, it provides us generous views of the man in action.

February 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's little here for those who know the story.

August 17, 2004 | Full Review…

Commentators who couldn't take flower power or Buddhist chants or even poetry seriously were doomed to underestimate (Ginsberg's) resolve time and again.

July 11, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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.

January 31, 2008 | Full Review…

Worth seeing for all the memories of cultural changes it evokes.

July 23, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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!

July 21, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

I'm not an expert on the Beat Generation which I think is a particular shame because I think I would have appreciated this document a heck of a lot more if I had exposed myself to the genre. Nonetheless it was fascinating.

John Ballantine
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