84 minutes

The story of the origin and creation of Allen Ginsberg's 1950s beat poem Howl and of its later obscenity trial in San Francisco. Intriguing, offbeat biopic of Allen Ginsberg that uses the form and narrative of fiction to tell a documentary story; while it doesn't always work, namely due to the failed attempts at illustrating the poem through animated segments, when it does work is quite accomplished.

A The Match Factory (int'l) release. A Werc Werk Works production in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions.
Starring James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams; with Mary-Louise Parker; and Jeff Daniels.
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman; screenplay by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, based on court records, interviews and the poem Howl by Allen Ginsberg; music by Carter Burwell; director of photography (Technicolor), Edward Lachman; production designer, Thérèse DePrez; costume designers, Kurt and Bart; film editor, Jake Pushinsky; animation designed by Eric Drooker.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 12th 2010. 


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