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One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur (2008)

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After the success of his 1957 novel +On The Road, Beat writer Jack Kerouac was unable to deal with his newfound fame and retreated to a cabin on the California coast, where his existential struggles became the basis of another novel, Big Sur. This documentary from filmmaker Curt Worden explores Kerouac's experiences at Big Sur through interviews with Kerouac's friends and contemporaries Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Carolyn Cassady, Joyce Johnson, and Michael McClure, as well as the reflections of admirers such as Tom Waits, Sam Shephard, and Patti Smith. Dramatic voiceover readings by actor John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) and an original soundtrack by Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard complete this evocative portrait of a literary legend.

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Tries to match the book's poetics but gets mired in celebrity conjecture about the writer.

October 30, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

There's nothing inherently bad about the documentary about the real-life events that eventually culminated in the classic; it's just that there's little revelatory in it either.

October 22, 2009 | Full Review…

Superb study of the corrosive effects of fame and fortune on one of the greatest writers of the post-WWII period.

October 21, 2009 | Full Review…

More than an appreciation for Kerouac himself, One Fast Move engenders an appreciation for the mellifluousness of Kerouac's prose read atop footage of briny California waves.

October 11, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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