The Beat Hotel

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1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel became a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. The hotel soon turned into an epicenter of Beat writing that produced some of the most important works of the Beat generation. It came to be known as the Beat Hotel. Alan Govenar's feature documentary The Beat Hotel explores this amazing place and time. -- (C) First Run Features

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Never amounts to more than a flabby piece of counterculture nostalgia.

Apr 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Mr. Govenar's textbook history of the scene (from around 1957 to 1963) is twinklingly delivered by surviving former residents and scholarly chroniclers.

Mar 30, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Impressionistic documentary about the temporary Parisian home of the Beat writers fails to justify its full-length running time.

Mar 29, 2012 | Full Review…

[Scales] new heights of inessentiality...

Mar 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Shocked at the negative reviews here. This is by far the best documentary on the beats.

Mar 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Likeable documentary about a Beat Generation hotspot that makes you want to pack up your laptop and write away in some cheap garret with a shared toilet.

Mar 30, 2012 | Full Review…

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