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Friday, September 17, 2010

"I've seen the best minds of my generation ..." Howl: Coming to a Cinema near you


"Considered one of the most influential and bold works of writing from the twentieth century, Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” is being translated into a film version starring James Franco and is set to hit theaters on September 24, 2010.

“Howl,” written in 1956 as part of Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” publication, was highly criticized for containing obscene language. Consisting of many real life experiences of Ginsberg’s, the poem thrives on sexuality both homo and hetero, drugs, jazz music, poets, artists and psychiatric destruction.

The movie’s essence captures the truth behind Ginsberg’s logic and the court battle of 1957 that tried to rule the poem obscene. Upon publication, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books Publishing Company was arrested and charged with allowing the obscenity that fueled the court case to be published."

More to read at http://hartfordinformer.com/2010/09/entertainment/franco-takes-on-ginsberg%E2%80%99s-revolutionary-%E2%80%98howl%E2%80%99/

Lots of clips on YouTube - Here's one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vvzyPMa82I&feature=related

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