The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation

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Director Chuck Workman, who documented the life of pop culture icon Andy Warhol in his 1990 film Superstar, here explores the lives, works and influence of four leading lights of the "Beat Generation" of the 1950s: William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. Cutting back and forth between archive footage of his subjects, readings of selections from the three authors by Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper and John Turturro (Cassady was an associate and inspiration to the Beats), and film clips that in both serious and farcical fashion document the impact the Beat culture had on American society, Workman creates a fast-paced collage of sounds and images that attempts to show how the Beats became the dominant counter-cultural movement of the last half of America's 20th Century.

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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.
    J H Super Reviewer

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