Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation

1999, Documentary, 1h 30m

16 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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In this documentary, director Chuck Workman examines the lasting cultural significance of the Beats, focusing mainly on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Neal Cassady. Along the way, these freethinking men became friends and associates, and their writing influenced numerous generations of questioning individuals. Workman combines interviews, TV clips and archival footage in his film, in addition to dramatic readings by notable actors such as Johnny Depp.

Cast & Crew

Mark Apostolon
Associate Producer
Hiro Yamagata
Executive Producer
Glen Tedham
Co-Producer
David Amram
Original Music
Philip Glass
Original Music
Andrew Dintenfass
Cinematographer
Tom Hurwitz
Cinematographer
Don Lenzer
Cinematographer
José Louis Mignone
Cinematographer
Nancy Schreiber
Cinematographer
Chuck Workman
Film Editor
Marc Greville-Masson
Production Design
Jonathan Dana
Production Executive
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  • Oct 31, 2006
    It's strength lies in the great plundering of archive material that doesn't restrict itself to the usual photos and clips. Having actors doing dramatic readings from key texts (Dennis Hopper as Burroughs doing Naked Lunch for eg) doesn't always work. I also think it fails to fully support its thesis that the Beat Generation is the key source for post-50s youth movements. At the end of the day, though, it's probably the best film introduction to the Beats.
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