The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)

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), … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Chuck Workman
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On DVD: Jul 5, 2000
Runtime:
Calliope Films

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as Jack Kerouac

as William S. Burroughs

as Allen Ginsberg

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Critic Reviews for The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation

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Audience Reviews for The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation

I'll admit that the biggest reason I didn't like this was because I'm not remotely interested in the subject matter. In fact, I only rented it because Johnny Depp was involved. So I'm probably not really in a place to write a negative review, but I can say that if this isn't something you're already interested in, this film will not change your mind.

Looks boring. I did the same thing with this as L.A. Without A Map. I only watched the Johnny parts. I have the same thing to say here too. I would've skipped the rest anyways. =P

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Hannah Babama[lol]

As someone who could be considered a descendent of the Beat Generation, (in attitude and spirit) this was a very informative and interesting movie. I learned so much more about the movement and the evolution of it.
5 outta 5, inspiring

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