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The Beat Hotel (2012)

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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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Cast

Kit Hussey
as William Burroughs
Andrew Kaston
as Harold Chapman
Matt Mitchell
as Gregory Corso
Nick Irion
as Ian Sommerville
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Critic Reviews for The Beat Hotel

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

April 4, 2012 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Mr. Govenar's textbook history of the scene (from around 1957 to 1963) is twinklingly delivered by surviving former residents and scholarly chroniclers.

March 30, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Impressionistic documentary about the temporary Parisian home of the Beat writers fails to justify its full-length running time.

March 29, 2012 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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[Scales] new heights of inessentiality...

March 27, 2012 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Shocked at the negative reviews here. This is by far the best documentary on the beats.

March 30, 2012 | Full Review…
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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.

March 30, 2012 | Full Review…
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