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Author: Robert P EpsteinJeffrey FriedmanElizabeth RedleafChristine Kunewa WalkerJames FrancoAll authors
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Radiant Cool : Distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : WidescreenView all editions and formats
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"Every word in this film was spoken by the actual people portrayed. In that sense this film is like a documentary. In every other sense, it is different"--Title screen. In 1957, in San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg has just published "Howl." This distinctive work immediately generates a great deal of controversy. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been sued on charges of obscenity, as many feel the poem is simply  Read more...
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Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs
Feature films
Drama
Biographical films
Named Person: Allen Ginsberg; Allen Ginsberg
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Epstein; Jeffrey Friedman; Elizabeth Redleaf; Christine Kunewa Walker; James Franco; David Strathairn; Jon Hamm; Bob Balaban; Alessandro Nivola; Treat Williams; Mary-Louise Parker; Jeff Daniels; Carter Burwell; Allen Ginsberg; Eric Drooker; Oscilloscope Laboratories (Firm); Werc Werk Works (Firm); Telling Pictures.; Rabbit Bandini Productions (Firm); Radiant Cool (Firm); Oscilloscope Pictures.
OCLC Number: 671816079
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles in English or French.
Notes: Composed from court records, interviews, and "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg; animation inspired by "Illuminated Poems" by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker.
Videodisc release of the 2010 motion picture.
Bonus features: Audio commentary with James Franco, Rob Epstein, and Jeffrey Friedman [audio feature]; Holy! Holy! Holy!: The making of "Howl" [featurette] (40 min.); Director's research tapes-interviews with Ginsberg's close friends and collaborators [featurette] (20 min.); Allen Ginsberg reads "Howl" at the Knitting Factory [featurette] (26 min.); James Franco reads "Howl" [audio feature] (25 min.); Oscilloscope releases [previews] (4 min.).
Credits: Director of photography, Ed Lachman ; production designer, Thérèse Deprez ; editor, Jake Pushinsky ; costume designers, Kurt and Bart ; music, Carter Burwell ; animation designed by Eric Drooker.
Cast: James Franco (Allen Ginsberg), David Strathairn (Ralph McIntosh), Jon Hamm (Jake Ehrlich), Bob Balaban (Judge Clayton Horn), Alessandro Nivola (Luther Nichols), Treat Williams (Mark Schorer), Mary-Louise Parker (Gail Potter), Jeff Daniels (David Kirk).
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated R for strong sexual content including language and images, and some drug material.
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; Dolby digital stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; widescreen presentation, 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Contents: 1955 San Francisco --
"Howl" --
Jack Kerouac --
Your muse --
Institutions --
Neal Cassady --
"A howl of pain" --
Prophecy --
Meeting Peter --
Moloch --
"Dadaist persuasion" --
Closing arguments --
Obscene? --
"Holy, holy, holy" --
Epilogue --
End credits.
Other Titles: Howl (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Oscilloscope Laboratories ; a Werc Werk Works production ; in association with Telling Pictures and Rabbit Bandini Productions ; a Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman film ; written for the screen and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Elizabeth Redleaf, Christine Kunewa Walker, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman.

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"Every word in this film was spoken by the actual people portrayed. In that sense this film is like a documentary. In every other sense, it is different"--Title screen. In 1957, in San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg has just published "Howl." This distinctive work immediately generates a great deal of controversy. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been sued on charges of obscenity, as many feel the poem is simply too explicit for publication (it contains strong language and frank references to homosexuality). When prosecutor Ralph McIntosh and defender Jake Ehrlich go head to head in front of Judge Clayton Horn, freedom of expression hangs in the balance. For the author, filled with the heady joy of poetic success, the trial demands the courage of being Allen Ginsberg--himself.

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