howlccHowl (2010)

 

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Writers: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Genre: Biography
Country: USA
Year: 2010
Language: English
Duration: 84 min

 

 

Stars: James Franco, Todd Rotondi and Jon Prescot 

 

 

 

james_franco_howlOd producenata i redatelja filmova Celluloid Closet, ”Common Threads” i ”Paragraf 175” dolazi biografija pjesnika i pisca Allena Ginsberga kojeg je majstorski utjelovio James Franco.

Film je fokusiran na 1957. godinu, odnosno na suđenje koje je pokrenuto zbog tužbe protiv izdavača knjige ”Howl and other poems” (Urlik i druge pjesme) zbog opscenosti. Zbirka poezije ”Howl and other poems” okarakterizirana je da promiče promiskuitet i sodomiju. No, promiskuitet misli i pisma bio je jedan od ciljeva Ginsberga i drugih pjesnika, poput Jacka Kerouaca, koji su 50-ih godina prošlog stoljeća u New Yorku stvarali, tzv. ”beat” generaciju pisaca. Karakteristike pisaca te generacije i podneblja bile su eksperimentiranje s drogom, seksualnim iskustvima, interes za istočne religije te odbacivanje materijalizma.

Allen Ginsber je bio gay, te u pjesmi ”Urlik” govori o svojim seksualnim maštarijama, iskustvima te ljubavi prema drugom piscu Jacku Kerouacu. Ginsbergova ”Howl and other poems” i roman još jednog pisca ”beat” generacije, Williama Burroughsa ”Naked Lunch”, su književna djela čiji su izdavači tuženi zbog promocije promiskuiteta i opscenosti. Popularno zvana ‘suđenja zbog opscenosti’ bila su početak liberalizacije izdavaštva u SAD-u. ( tekst preuzet sa http://www.gay.hr/magazin/7422)

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Nothing Is Holy (Holy! Holy!) in Howl
By J. Hoberman Wednesday, Sep 22 2010

MV5BMjE3MzYzNjMxMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODUzMjkwMw@@._V1_As suggested by its title, Allen Ginsberg’s game-changing poem “Howl” is essentially performative—and so is Howl, the Sundance-opening quasi-biographical movie by Oscar-winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Howl the movie—which, in addition to touching on Ginsberg’s early life (and successful coming out), dramatizes the poem’s obscenity trial, the talk of San Francisco in late 1957—is broadly played by a number of name actors: David Strathairn (baffled prosecuting attorney), Jon Hamm (cool defense attorney), Bob Balaban (Solomonic judge), Jeff Daniels (laughable expert witness for the prosecution), Mary-Louise Parker (ditto), and Treat Williams (professorial defense witness Mark Schorer). Most compelling by far is James Franco as Ginsberg, successfully nailing the poet’s incantatory style, even while providing that voice with a movie star’s glamorous vessel. Splendid as Franco’s literal characterization and overheated line readings can be, art director Eric Drooker’s literal-minded animated interpretation of “Howl” (haunted vortex of lonely crowd alienation, “what now little man?” monochromatic fascist madness) are as sodden as a cold latke—as well as a distraction. (I kept wondering how a neo-beatnik like R. Crumb would have illustrated Ginsberg’s epochal spritz.) Basically, Epstein and Friedman are feel-good filmmakers—their Ginsberg has one of the shortest, most successful bouts of psychotherapy in history. But is it really necessary to affirm the poem’s ecstatic footnote (“Holy! Holy! Holy!”) with a montage of smiling reaction shots?

 

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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.

ALEN GINSBERG  (wikipedia)

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- MOLIM TE MAESTRO (text)
- PLEASE MASTER TEXT
- About Allen Ginsberg
- HOWL (2010)

 

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